Philippines' coronavirus disease cases surge to 396; fatalities at 33

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2020 02:42 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2020 04:58 PM

Members of the Philippine Army wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) get ready for deployment during the commemoration of Philippine Army’s anniversary at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig on March 23, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — The Department of Health on Monday announced that there are now 396 COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, up by 16 from Sunday's count.

The number of deaths have increased by 8, bringing the total to 33. Meanwhile, 18 patients have recovered as of Monday with only one additional recovered patient from Sunday.

Over the weekend, PH saw the most number of reported COVID-19 cases in a single day, with 77 confirmed cases on Saturday and 73 on Sunday. 

The DOH said the numbers are expected to rise by Monday afternoon.

Luzon remains under an enhanced community quarantine, with classes and work suspended, public transport cut off, and social movements limited except for health workers at the frontline of the battle against the pandemic. 

The virus -- which has upended lives, closing businesses and schools -- has killed more than 13,000 people and infected over 300,000 around the world, with the epicenter now in Europe after shifting from China where the illness first emerged late last year.

According to the World Health Organization, there are 294,000 COVID-19 cases worldwide. Of that number, around 13,000 have died. The more updated Johns Hopkins University dashboard records 339,000 cases and 14,700 fatalities. - With Agence France-Presse