Philippines confirms 45 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 307

Philippines confirms 45 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 307

A city worker in a protective suit disinfects a street as a preventive measure against the
A city worker in a protective suit disinfects a street as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Manila AFP/Ted ALJIBE

MANILA: The Philippines' health ministry reported 45 more confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing Saturday's (Mar 21) tally to 77.

With the latest addition, confirmed cases in the Philippines' totalled 307. It announced 32 new cases earlier in the day and the 19th death related to the coronavirus.

The government has placed more than half of the country's population under strict home quarantine to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The country is stopping the issuance of visas to foreigners, banning all nationalities from entering the country to halt the spread of coronavirus, its foreign minister said on Thursday.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said on Twitter that he had signed an order stopping the issuance of visas domestically and in all foreign posts. Locsin did not give a timeframe for the measures.

The government has unveiled a 27.1 billion peso (US$526.6 million) package to fund hospitals fighting the virus and provide reprieve amid a slowdown in economic activity.

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Source: Agencies/nc

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