Muntinlupa declares state of calamity as govt needs more funds to battle COVID-19

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 16 2020 07:08 PM

MANILA - Muntinlupa City has declared a state of calamity on Monday, shortly before Metro Manila was placed on an “enhanced community quarantine” to cease the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Muntinlupa City was placed under a state of calamity “to enable the local government unit to access the quick response fund amid COVID-19 emergency situation,” a statement posted on the City’s official social media page read.

Muntinlupa City is one of 11 cities and towns that declared a state of calamity a day after the government enforced a limited entry and exit policy to the capital region.

The city also houses the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Health officials earlier said that the COVID-19 can easily spread in congested areas as the virus is transmitted through droplets.

The Philippines was placed under a state of public health emergency last week as the number of COVID-19 rapidly increased.

As of March 15, 140 patients in the Philippines contracted the virus. Twelve died, 2 recovered, while the rest recuperate in hospitals.

COVID-19, which originated from Wuhan, China, is now a global pandemic after it killed nearly 5,000 people and infected 150,000 others around the world.