Duterte says coronavirus cases in the Philippines rise to 24

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced that four (4) new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recorded, bringing the total to 24.
Duterte says coronavirus cases in the Philippines rise to 24

Duterte made the announcement in a press briefing after his meeting with the task force on emerging infectious diseases.

The new cases were reported in West Crame; San Juan; Sta. Maria, Bulacan; and Project 6, Quezon City.

"The transmission is going on. Twenty plus four. It's 24," Duterte said.

“That’s how bad it is,” the president added.

Earlier, the Department of Health announced a total of 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

Amid the threat of the coronavirus, Duterte decided to suspend classes in the National Capital Region (NCR) from March 10 to 14. This covers all levels.

The president also declared state of public health emergency throughout the country through Proclamation Number 922 dated March 8, 2020 following the confirmed cases of local transmission of the coronavirus. This is also to facilitate preventive measures including mandatory reporting, quarantine and disease control prevention measures.

— The Summit Express

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