Philippines reports 47 new COVID-19 cases, highest one-day spike

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Philippines reports 47 new COVID-19 cases, highest one-day spike
Personnel from the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the City Health Department train members of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams from 19 barangays of District 4 how to wear personal protective equipment in Dona Imelda covered court in Quezon City on March 13, 2020.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines reported 47 new infections of the coronavirus diseas 2019 (COVID-19) on Saturday, bringing the tally to 111 cases.

This is the most number of new cases announced by the Department of Health in a single day so far.

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Earlier on Saturday, the Health department said there are 34 new infections in the country.

Past 9 p.m., DOH said there are 13 additional cases in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 111.

The announcement came just a day before the start of the month-long implementation of community quarantine in Metro Manila, during which all land, air and sea travel to and from the area will be restricted in order to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Described by President Rodrigo Duterte himself as a “lockdown,” the quarantine to be enforced in the capital region between March 15 to April 14 may be lifted earlier or extended, subject to daily review.

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The highest Code Red Sublevel 2 was declared on Thursday by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases due to sustained community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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