MANILA – Under Case Bulletin #016, the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, March 30, reported 128 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the count of confirmed cases in the country to 1,546.
A day before (Sunday, 29 March 2020) the total stood at 1,418.
The health department also reported the demise of seven (7) more patients from the virus which brought the total of fatalities in the country to 78.
There were no reported patients who have recovered and the total number of recoveries remained at 42.
Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accordingly approved five (5) different brands of rapid antibody test kits for COVID-19.
And with, FDA Director-General Eric Domingo said that the rapid test kits will yield faster results compared to the PCR-based test kits the DOH is presently using.
In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a state of public health emergency and a state of calamity in the country.
He also placed Metro Manila and Luzon under “enhanced community quarantine” or lockdown with the latter up until April 12.
Depending on the situation, the Metro Manila lockdown is slated until April 14. This may be lifted earlier or extended officials said.
Duterte was also granted by Congress with special powers to respond to the outbreak through Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act. (ia/sovereignph.com)