Dumaguete declares state of calamity over COVID-19


Posted at Mar 17 2020 03:03 PM

MANILA - Dumaguete City was placed under a state of calamity Tuesday to make use of quick response fund in containing the spread of COVID-19, its mayor said.

This, after a councilor of Tayasan town in Negros Oriental infected with COVID-19 was confined at a hospital in the city and died Sunday morning.

Aside from allocating the quick response fund for procuring personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, the city has also created a 24/7 crisis management center, according to mayor Felipe Remollo.

At least 7 other local governments have declared a state of calamity in a bid to contain the virus pandemic. Among them Negros Oriental province, Porac town in Pampanga, Muntinlupa City, Manila, Quezon City, Valenzuela City, Las Pinas City, and Mandaluyong City.

As of Monday, there are 142 COVID-19 cases recorded in the country, including 12 fatalities and 3 recoveries.

--With reports from Martian Muyco, ABS-CBN News