MANILA, Philippines – Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Tuesday, March 10, that he received unverified reports of a second death in the Philippines due to COVID-19. Duque said that they are in the process of verifying information that an American national with pre-existing conditions has succumbed to the coronavirus earlier today. “I still have to validate that,” he said.
In just 24 hours, the number of confirmed cases in the Philippines has more than doubled – spiking to 24. Late Monday night, March 10, President Rodrigo Duterte announced for more new cases after his briefing with the inter-agency task force assigned to handle the coronavirus threat in the Philippines. In the same press conference, he also declared the suspension of classes in Metro Manila from March 10-14 over the COVID-19 scare.
“One is to keep safe the children; second is we’re going to establish a benchmark kung ilan pa ang madagdagan. At kung ngayon itong walang klase,” Duterte said.