Wed. Sep 22nd, 2021

MANILA — The Department of Health has reported 16 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the national total to 396 COVID-19 cases in the country.

Fatalities from the disease, meanwhile, increased by eight (8), which brought the total of COVID-related deaths to 33.

Recoveries, meantime, climbed to 18 patients as of Monday with only one additional recovered patient from Sunday the health department said.

The weekend just passed saw for PH with the biggest number of reported COVID-19 cases of 150, with 77 confirmed cases last Saturday and the 73 on Sunday (22 March 2020).

But the DOH warned that the 16 new cases Monday could still climb by late afternoon.

The whole of Luzon remains under an enhanced community quarantine, with classes and work suspended, public transport cut off, and social movements limited except for health workers at the frontline of the battle against the pandemic.

Window or buying and attending to necessities has been implemented by local government units from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Curfew hours were also put in place by LGUs from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Most businesses and schools are closed owing to the outbreak which has killed more than 13,000 people and infected over 300,000 around the world.

The epicenter shifted from Wuhan, China to Europe after Italy reported huge number of cases and deaths that eclipsed to that China where the illness first emerged late last year.

The World Health Organization said there are 294,000 COVID-19 cases worldwide with 13,000 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reported dashboard reported 339,000 cases and 14,700 fatalities. (ia/

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