By Ismael Amigo
MANILA — The Department of Health reported Tuesday, 17 March 2020, the Philippines has now a total of 187 novel coronavirus infections.
This, after 45 more people tested positive the DOH said.
It was the biggest spike in a single day since COVID-19 cases were detected in the country.
Senator Migz Zubiri himself admitted his COVID-19 test turned out positive as relayed to him by DOH Secretary Francisco Duque.
Last Friday, 13 March 2020, President Duterte placed the whole of Metro Manila under community quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
On Monday, or three days after, the Chief Executive expanded the CQ and put the main island of Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine, ordering some 55 million people to stay home for the next month.
The country reported 12 deaths since health authorities first detected an infection in late January.
Last Monday, the DOH reported that a 46-year-old man from Pasay City recovered from the disease—making him the third case of recovery from among the patients in the country.
Aside from him, the two Chinese tourists who were among those admitted as first three cases but they have since fully recovered from the illness.
More than 175,500 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in 145 countries, with over 7,000 deaths. (ia/sovereign/ph.com)