The Department of Health has confirmed nine new cases of coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in the Philippines, bringing the total to 33. Four cases were also initially confirmed Monday night by President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a press statement released on March 10, the health bureau shared information on the patients' status, including the names of the hospitals where they are currently receiving treatment. DOH also commented on its initial report of 11 new cases, clarifying that two of these were "new positive samples" and "not cases".
"The 13 new cases are admitted at various hospitals: the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium (PH21), Cardinal Santos Medical Center (PH22), San Lazaro Hospital (PH23), St. Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City (PH24), New Clark City (NCC) quarantine facility (PH25-26, MVDP repatriates), and the Medical City (PH27-33), respectively," read DOH's statement.
"Of the 13 new cases, PH21-24 are currently in stable condition, PH25-26 are asymptomatic, and statuses of PH27-33 are for verification," DOH added.
Comprehensive contact tracing is being conducted for all new cases.
On March 7, the Department of Health (DOH) raised its alert level to Code Red for COVID-19, after confirming the local transmission of the disease. Classes in Metro Manila have been suspended until March 14 due to the threat of the virus.
Local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila have implemented "social distancing" or limiting large mass gatherings to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be forming a technical working group that will set parameters and guidelines for social distancing.