From a week-end tally of 10, the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 20 by Monday, March 9, the Department of Health (DOH) said in an alarming report preceded by President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to extend nationwide his declaration of State of Public Health Emergency.
There is now “10 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), on top of the 4 new cases announced yesterday March 8, 2020,” Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a press briefing.
This brings the total of COVID-19 cases in the country to 20.
“All test results from the new cases were released today after samples were collected from March 6, 7 and 8,” Vergeire said.
Vergeire said the department only received the information on Monday and will be releasing more details in the coming days. She said there is still no data which of the cases are connected
She told reporters that contact tracing has already started and that the health agency has reached out to concerned local government units.
Based on the profiles released by the DOH, all of the 10 new cases are Filipinos, eight are men while two are women
Before the new cases were announced, there were 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Half of them are Filipino while the rest are foreign nationals who traveled to another country with cases of the new coronavirus or were in contact with infected people.