Pampanga town under state of calamity due to COVID-19

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 16 2020 01:35 PM | Updated as of Mar 16 2020 03:26 PM

MANILA - The town of Porac, Pampanga was placed under state of calamity Monday after it reported its first case of COVID-19 last week.

The patient is a 33-year-old male, a ride-hailing transport service driver who plied the routes of Clark Freeport and other towns in the province. 

The patient's family members, all residents of Porac town, are being monitored for symptoms of the virus.

Under the law, local government units may have access to additional funds should their jurisdiction be placed under a state of calamity.

Manila and Quezon City were also placed under a state of calamity in a bid to prevent the virus spread.

The Philippines is under a state of public health emergency due to the continuous spread of the virus that originated from Wuhan, China late December.

As of Sunday, there are 140 cases of COVID-19 in the country, including 12 fatalities, while 2 have recovered.

The capital region, as well as other cities and provinces, were placed on a month-long quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization declared as a global pandemic.

More details to follow.

--Report from Trisha Mostoles, ABS-CBN News