MANILA - Cases of the novel coronavirus more than doubled in the capital city of Manila in just 24 hours, Mayor Isko Moreno said Wednesday as authorities scrambled to distribute aid to hundreds of thousands of families under lockdown.
The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Manila stood at 30 Tuesday night, up from 13 the day before.
"As of mga alas-8 kagabi, lumago po kami ng 100-plus percent," Moreno told radio DZMM.
(As of 8 p.m. last night, our cases grew by more than 100 percent.)
The tally included 2 fatalities and one patient who recovered: a 23-year-old woman, said the mayor.
"Talagang may pag-asang gumaling," he said.
(There's really hope for recovery.)
"Meron din naman talaga sigurong mahina ang pangangatawan lalo na iyong may edad kaya ang panawagan namin, alagaan nila iyong kanilang nanay na may edad na, lolo't lola kasi sila ang most vulnerable," he added.
(There are also those who are weak, especially the elderly. We are urging the public to take care of their elderly mothers, grandparents because they are the most vulnerable.)
The Philippines as of Tuesday confirmed 35 deaths and 20 patients who recovered out of its total 552 cases of the respiratory disease.
The tally is expected to spike with the recent arrival of additional test kits, said the health department.
The entire Luzon, home to half of the Philippines' 100 million people, is under lockdown until April 12 to contain the pandemic.
Manila has distributed food packs to some 39,000 families out its total goal of 350,000 families, said Moreno.