Philippines' Duterte to declare public health emergency to combat coronavirus

Reuters
Manila, Albay, Philippines Published: Mar 07, 2020, 02:56 PM(IST)

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Photograph:( AFP )

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President Rodrigo Duterte declare a nationwide public health emergency, health officials said the new coronavirus recorded its first case of local transmission.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte plans to declare a nationwide public health emergency following confirmation of the country's first community transmission of the disease, the presidential aide said on Saturday.

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Earlier in the day, the nation's health officials said the new coronavirus recorded its first case of local transmission and called for measures to contain its spread.

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Duterte has agreed to declare a health emergency following the latest development, Bong Go, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and a close aide of the president, told reporters.

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