Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of calamity in the Philippines as cases of the novel coronavirus in the country continue to rise.
Duterte signed Proclamation No. 929 on Monday, March 16, placing the country under a state of calamity for 6 months, “unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant.”
The copy of the proclamation was only sent to the media on Tuesday, March 17.
As of March 17, the deadly virus has killed 14 and infected 187.
Proc. No. 929 also declared an “enhanced community quarantine” covering the whole of the National Capital Region (NCR) or the whole of MetroManila.
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