MANILA – Amid the growing number of coronavirus cases in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire Philippines under a state of calamity.
It was gathered that the Chief Executive signed Proclamation 929 late Monday in an effort to stem the spread of disease, otherwise known as COVID-19.
The state of calamity declaration for the entire country could allegedly last for a period of six months “unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant” the President said.
Tuesday, 17 March 2020, was marked with the biggest jump in coronavirus cases.
From 142 count Monday night, COVID-19 cases in the Philippines suddenly surged to 187 of people infected with COVID-19, including 12 deaths and four recoveries.
The deadly virus was first detected in Wuhan in the province of Hubei, China, in late December 2019.
Symptoms include fever and cough for most people but can cause serious illness such as pneumonia for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.
Preventive measures are regular hand washing, covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoidance of close contact especially people with respiratory problems.
Last Friday (13 March 2020), President Duterte declared a semi-lockdown or community quarantine in the National Capital Region and later expanded it into the entire of Luzon area on Monday, 16 March 2020.
The quarantine involves social distancing and implementation of curfew hours. (iamigo/sovereignph.com)