President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring a state of public health emergency due to the COVID-19 threat.
Duterte signed Proclamation 922 on Monday, hours after health authorities reported 10 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country.
Of the number, seven are confined, two have recovered, while one died. The fatality was a Chinese tourist.
The issuance was made through the recommendation of the Department of Health.
The DOH has also raised Code Red Sublevel 1 over the weekend after it confirmed the country’s first local transmission of COVID-19.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 100,000 people and killed over 3,800, a vast majority of which being reported in Hubei, China, the epicenter of the outbreak.
At 5pm on Monday, the DOH announced an additional 10 confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing to 20 the total infected persons in the country.