March 23: Top 10 updates of the day on the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines

March 23: Top 10 updates of the day on the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines

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1. The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded the highest daily jump in the number of people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease in the Philippines. There are 82 new recorded cases on Monday, tallying a total of 462 since day one.

2. The Department of Health (DOH) announced that there are eight more patients who died of the novel coronavirus disease today, bringing the total number of fatalities to 33. Meanwhile, one patient has recovered today and the total number of recoveries in the Philippines is now 18.

3. The Congress held a special session about a measure that aims to grant President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to address the COVID-19 crisis. The congressmen also urged Filipinos to stay at home as they work during the pandemic.

4. The Department of Health (DOH) has denied the issue that there is a “VIP testing” going on despite the lack of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits in the country. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire clarified that the big personalities who were tested for COVID-19 passed the qualifications.

5. Senate President Tito Sotto III finally spoke up regarding the criticism that he received online for being tested for the novel coronavirus disease twice. He said that he used a test kit that has not been approved yet by the Department of Health (DOH) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

6. Senator Francis Tolentino released a statement following the backlash he received for undergoing the COVID-19 test. He apologized for taking the test after the results showed that he is negative for the said disease.

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7. Crimes recorded in Metro Manila have decreased after the Philippine government put the entire island of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine. The Philippine National Police (PNP) said that the number of crimes recorded in the metropolis has decreased by almost 70 percent.

8. Willie Revillame pledged that he will donate one million pesos for the benefit of health workers who are working overtime just to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. He also mentioned that he already coordinated with some sponsors and he successfully solicited additional help.

9. The medical frontliners who are working in The Medical City were spotted gathering in a circle to start their tough day with a prayer. A lot of netizens immediately commended them for putting their lives at stake just to fight the novel coronavirus disease.

10. A 64-year-old nurse in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) earned praises from many people because she still continues to be a frontliner despite the danger brought by the novel coronavirus disease. According to her son, the veteran nurse named Alita Gonzales is so dedicated to her work as a medical practitioner.

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