Virus cases in Philippines exceed 1,000, with 272 new case recorded

In this photo taken on March 27, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying Covid-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". - AFP

MANILA: The number of Covid-19 cases in Philippines has exceeded 1,000, with 272 new cases reported on Saturday, the biggest rise in a single day.

The Department of Health said on Sunday (march 29) that the country's total is now at 1,075, with 68 recorded deaths and 35 recovered patients as of Saturday evening.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said late Friday night that an inter-agency group enforcing a lockdown on the main island of Luzon, including Metro Manila, has directed the local government units and departments "to identity government facilities that may be temporarily converted into isolation or quarantine facilities" for Covid19 cases.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday under home quarantine, his spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

Panelo said that Duterte's birthday wish is for the Filipinos to stay at home and the total eradication of the coronavirus.

On Tuesday night, Duterte declared "a state of national emergency" in the entire Philippines as the country grapples with more covid-19 cases. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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