PH coronavirus cases now at 552

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Department of Health on Tuesday, March 24, confirmed 90 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number in the Philippines to 552.

The DOH also confirmed two new patients have recovered from the virus. The total number of recoveries in the Philippines is now at 20.

Two more patients have also died from COVID-19, raising the total number of fatalities in the country to 35. 

There were 501 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country with 33 deaths when the DOH first reported Tuesday morning. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic is clearly "accelerating," but said it was still possible to "change the trajectory" of the outbreak. 

Meanwhile, at past 3 am Tuesday, the House of Representatives adopted the approved Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill No. 1418, which would grant Duterte at least 27 powers, including the authority to declare savings and use them to fight the pandemic.

The global death toll has reached 15,189, with 5,476 of the fatalities in Italy and 3,270 in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau).

The number of cases worldwide has risen to 341,300, with 81,093 cases in China and 59,138 cases in Italy. The virus has spread to 174 countries. – with a report from the Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.

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