Covid-19 cases rise to 230, with 18 deaths

THIRTEEN more Covid-19 cases and one death were reported as of Friday noon, March 20, bringing the total count to 230, with 18 mortalities.

In its 4 p.m. March 20 advisory, the Department of Health (DOH) said PH124, a 65-year-old Filipino male, from Quezon City, succumbed to the disease on March 17.

He had travel history from Singapore, DOH said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire Luzon, with population of over 53 million as of 2015, under an enhanced community quarantine.

Public transport systems, domestic air and domestic sea travel have been suspended. Business establishments, except those offering essential products and services, have been shut down while government offices are operating with skeletal workforces.

All residents are mandated to stay at home. Only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy groceries and other items.

The country has also been placed under a state of public health emergency and state of calamity to allow the government to tap calamity and quick response funds in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Globally, Covid-19 cases have surpassed the 200,000 mark.

In its situation report as of March 19, the World Health Organization said the number of cases has gone up to 209,839, with 8,778 deaths. Covid-19, which has been declared a pandemic, is caused by the novel coronavirus. (MVI/SunStar Philippines)