MANILA, Philippines – Just less than a day after it confirmed that the number of cases in the Philippines has doubled, the Department of Health (DOH) has announced 13 more COVID-19 cases in the country. Through its Facebook page, the department said that the increase in cases is due to “heightened surveillance.” The total number of confirmed cases in the Philippines is now 33.
Late last night, March 9, President Rodrigo Duterte compounded on DOH’s earlier report and announced four more cases. In the same press conference attended by most of the mayors of Metro Manila, Duterte also ordered the suspension of classes from March 10-14.
In light of that order, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) directed the PNP to direct students in public venues such as malls and cinemas to go home.
The coronavirus has infected over 110,000 people globally since the first case was recorded late last year.
Editor’s note: Originally reported 11 new cases based on DOH’s announcement. We have revised the number to 13 after DOH made clarifications: 9 new cases and the 4 President Duterte announced on Monday evening.