Manila confirms 2 more COVID-19 cases; total at 36


Posted at Mar 26 2020 09:38 PM

MANILA - The city of Manila has recorded two more cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Mayor Isko Moreno on Thursday, raising the city's total to 36.

"Patuloy na lumalago [itong sakit]," Moreno said in a live Facebook video.

(This disease is continuing to grow.)

He added there the city has 144 persons under investigation (PUI), or people who have symptoms of the virus, with 44 of the total just listed that day.

Moreno told young people in Manila, especially those who are breaking the city's travel restrictions and home confinement measures, to take the disease "seriously."

"Baka akala niyo hindi seryosong bagay ito. Marahil may nababasa kayo o napapanood kayo sa YouTube na okay lang, okay lang [ang COVID-19]. Huwag po ninyong babalewalain," he said.

(Maybe you think this is not serious. Maybe you read or watch something in Youtube saying this [COVID-19] is nothing to worry about. Don't ignore this.)

He also appealed to residents of the Sampaloc district to follow Manila's travel restrictions since 11 of the city's cases are from that area.

"Yung mga nakikita namin nag-iinuman pa, nagtatambay-tambay pa," Moreno said.

(We're seeing residents still drinking and loitering.)

Some residents in the capital, particularly young people, have been caught violating the city's preventive measures against the virus after President Rodrigo Duterte placed Luzon under "enhanced community quarantine."

As of Thursday, the Philippines has recorded 707 cases of COVID-19, with 45 deaths and 28 recoveries, according to the Department of Health.