Coronavirus cases in Philippines soar to 24
MANILA, Philippines — The number of confirmed cases of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines has risen to 24.
President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement after a meeting with health officials in Malacañang.
“Twenty-four in all as of last count,” Duterte said in a Monday night press conference in Malacañang.
Health officials reported four new coronavirus cases late Sunday night, pushing the Philippines’ total infection to 10.
But in a press briefing Monday afternoon, the number of confirmed cases in the country doubled to 20 as the Department of Health announced 10 more cases.
Duterte said the four new cases were reported in West Crame, San Juan City; Sta. Maria, Bulacan, and Project 6, Quezon City.
The DOH reported the country’s first case of local transmission of the coronavirus last Friday after a 62-year-old man from Cainta, Rizal without a recent overseas travel history, tested positive for it.
His wife was also infected by COVID-19.
Duterte has declared a state of public health emergency amid the increase in COVID-19 cases.
The declaration allows the government to declare price freezes for medicine and impose a mandatory quarantine.
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