Duterte announces 4 more novel coronavirus cases in PH

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday evening, March 9, announced 4 more novel coronavirus cases, bringing the country's total confirmed cases to 24. 

Duterte said the 4 new cases came from "West Crame, San Juan, Sta Maria, and Project 6 in Quezon City."

The President also suspended classes in all levels in Metro Manila from Tuesday, March 10, to Saturday, March 14. 

Duterte made these announcement on the same day the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) said 10 Filipinos whose samples were taken over the weekend tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

The President earlier declared a state of public health emergency, after health officials announced new cases of the deadly virus. 

As of Monday, the Philippines has probed at least 706 patients, 41 of whom are still admitted to hospitals while 655 have been discharged. 

Since the outbreak began, at least 91 Filipinos outside the Philippines have contracted the virus. These include 80 from a cruise ship docked in Japan, 3 in Singapore, 4 in Hong Kong, 2 in the United Arab Emirates, and 2 in Lebanon.

But 40 from the cruise ship, 1 in Singapore, and 2 in Hong Kong have since recovered, leaving 48 still infected as of Monday.

The global death toll has reached 3,819, with 3,119 of the fatalities in China, the epicenter of the outbreak.

The number of cases worldwide has risen to 109,946, with 80,735 of the infections in China. The virus has spread to at least 99 countries. – with reports from Sofia Tomacruz and Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com=