PH covid-19 cases surge

March 10, 2020
Workers disinfect
Workers disinfect a train compartment to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in Manila Tuesday. The worldwide death toll from the COVID-19 illness caused by the novel coronavirus is past 4,000. AFP/Maria TAN

THE Department of Health has recorded 11 new cases of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines, which bring the total to 35.

It’s a considerable jump from the 20 the DOH reported on Monday after confirming 10 new cases.

Meanwhile the global death toll from the novel coronavirus has exceeded 400,000 with more than a hundred thousand cases of infection recorded worldwide.

The spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines has prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a state of public health emergency and order the suspension of classes in Metro Manila from Tuesday, March 10, to Saturday, March 14.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III meanwhile has requested a P3-billion supplemental budget from Congress for the purchase of protective gear and an additional 40,000 test kits.

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of test kits developed by the University of the Philippines that can detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

At least three of the  confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases are from Quezon City, Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

“We have three cases here in Quezon City,” Belmonte said in an interview with GMA News’ Unang Balita.

The mayor of another National Capital Region city also confirmed it has three COVI-19 patients.

“There are positive cases in Pasig involving three residents,” Pasig City  Mayor Vico Sotto said.

On Monday, Sotto announced that a Pasig resident had tested positive for the disease and is confined at a hospital outside Pasig City.

The two new cases were confirmed on Monday night. They were confined at the Tricity Medical Center in Pasig City.

The two were a couple who tested positive for COVID-19 and were admitted to the Pasig hospital and later transferred to San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on the same day.

The management of TriCity Medical Center on Monday said a couple who tested positive for COVID-19 was admitted at their facility, with one of them having a history of travel to Taiwan.

The Department of Health on Monday disclosed that a 41-year-old Filipino man, who recently travelled to Taiwan, and a 46-year-old Filipino woman with no travel history were confined at the Tricity hospital.

“We assured the public that TriCity Medical Center will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and care of all patients and healthcare workers,” the hospital management said.

Meanwhile, Sotto assured the public that the local government unit of Pasig City is ready to combat the threat of COVID-19 and prevent it from spreading.

“But we need to help each other so that only the right information about COVID-19 will be disseminated,” Sotto said in a Facebook post.