Batangas announces its first case of coronavirus today.
A statement was released by Governor Hermilando Mandanas on Facebook.
He said, “Tayo sa Batangas ay handa at kakayaning harapin ang sakunang ito, kapares ng ating ginagawang pangangalaga dahil naman sa pagputok ng Taal Volcano at pagsisimula ng African Swine Fever sa Bayan ng Laurel.”
[“We are ready to face this emergency, similar to how we responded to the eruption of the Taal Volcano and the onset of African Swine Fever in Laurel.”]
He added that classes across all levels are suspended starting today until March 31, 2020.
COVID-19 in the Philippines and around the world
Last night, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the highest alert level of Code Red Sublevel 2. He also declared a community quarantine for Metro Manila, which bars “land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from” the capital from March 15 to April 14, 2020. Classes across all levels have also been suspended until April 12.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 52. The department also announced that five of the cases passed away. There’s no word whether the case from Batangas is part of the 52.
As of posting, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 125,288 cases of COVID-19 with 4,614 deaths in 118 countries. However, it is important to note that recoveries are rising. John Hopkins University has declared 66,000 recoveries. China, which has the highest numbers of cases, reported 40 new cases on March 10, a stark contrast from 4,000 cases per day at some points in February. South Korea noticed a downward trend in new cases, while Macau discharged its last recovered patient on March 6.
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