President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to issue a declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines based on the recommendations of the Department of Health (DOH). This follows news of the first local transmission case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines.
GMA News reported that this was confirmed by the President’s former aide, Senator Bong Go. They posted a message sourced from the Senator.
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“Pursuant to the recommendation of the DOH and my suggestion as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to issue a declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency due to the confirmation of a local transmission of COVID-19 in our country,” the message reads.
The Department of Health confirmed today that the total number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines has risen to six.
DOH has now raised the COVID-19 alert system to Code Red sublevel 1 “in anticipation of possible sustained community transmission.” It is a “preemptive call to ensure that national and local governments, and private and public health care providers can prepare for a possible increase in suspected and confirmed cases.”
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