MANILA - The National Museum of the Philippines will be closed to the public starting March 13 until further notice due to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The announcement was made on the National Museum's official Facebook page late Thursday.
The shutdown includes all museums in the National Museum network in all over the country.
All previously announced events and activities are also postponed until further notice, the National Museum said.
The announcement comes after the government raised the response alert level to Code Red, Sub-level 2, which health officials explained to mean "sustained community transmission," with patients contracting the disease locally.
Philippine authorities earlier announced that Metro Manila will be placed under quarantine, halting travel in and out of the capital region for a month from March 15 until April 14, 2020, amid the continuing rise in cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement on Thursday night, following an urgent meeting with the inter-agency task force on COVID-19 response. The level was raised less than a week since Code Red, Sub-level 1 was declared on Saturday.
The Philippines currently has 52 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5 fatalities.