MANILA – Cases of the coronavirus in the Philippines climbed to 130 after 13 new cases of the disease were detected by health authorities.
With it, the total in the country is now pegged at 230 as of 5 p.m. Friday.
At the same time, the Department of Health (DOH) also claimed there was one new fatality, raising the COVID-19 death toll in the country to 18.
On the other hand, recoveries from the disease remains at eight (8) the DOH said.
Meanwhile, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, who is still on home quarantine, said Friday his office has already designated the UP-Philippine General Hospital and the Dr. Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital as exclusive facilities for coronavirus care.
This development came on the heels of an urgent request by 11 private hospitals which called on the DOH to centralize COVID-19 care before the escalating outbreak continues to tide over healthcare centers.
It may be recalled that on Thursday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned UN member countries that millions could die from the virus if the outbreak go unchecked.
Guterres also appealed for a coordinated global response to the virus which originated in Wuhan City in Hubei province of China which the World Health Organization described as pandemic.
The outbreak has already infected nearly 244,517 people worldwide and claimed 10,000 lives.
Around 87,000 were reported to have recovered. (iamigo/sovereignph.com)