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President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to issue a declaration of a public health emergency


President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to issue a declaration of a public health emergency in the Philippines as the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases rose to six.

This was confirmed by Senator Christopher "Bong" Go in a message to reporters on Saturday.


"Pursuant to the recommendation of the DOH and my suggestion as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to issue a declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency due to the confirmation of a local transmission of COVID-19 in our country," said Go.


Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier said the DOH has recommended the declaration of public health emergency after it raised its alert to Code Red Sub-Level 1 as it confirmed the fifth COVID-19 patient was indeed a case of local transmission.

The Health chief said such a declaration "will facilitate mobilization of resources and ease processes, including procurement of critical logistics and supplies and intensifying reporting and quarantine measures."


Source: GMA News Online

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