Twelve new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines have been recorded on Friday, bringing the total number to 64.
In a press release, the Department of Health said they have deployed surveillance teams to conduct extensive information-gathering and contact tracing on the new cases.
On Thursday, the death toll in the Philippines rose to five.
President Rodrigo Duterte has placed Metro Manila under community quarantine as the country raised Code Red Sub-Level 2 over the COVID-19 threat.
The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 as a pandemic.
Data released by the DOH showed Patient 53 is a 30-year-old Filipino male confined at the Medical City.
Patient 54 is a 40-year-old Filipino male with no travel history. He tested positive on Thursday and is currently confined at the Ortigas Hospital and Health Care Center.
Patient 55 is a 59-year-old female who is currently confined at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center.
Patient 56 is a 41-year-old male confined St. Luke's Medical Center-Global City.
Patient 57 is a 65-year-old male. He is confined at the Medical City.
Patient 58 is a 45-year-old Filipino female who is confined at the Medical City. She has no history of travel to a place where there's a COVID-19 case.
Patient 59 is a 27-year-old male who is admitted at the Makati Medical Center.
Patient 60 is a 49-year-old male. He is confined at the St. Lukes Medical center-Global City.
Patient 61 is a 70-year-old female confined at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center.
Patient 62 is a 35-year-old female admitted at the Ortigas Hospital and Health Care Center.
Patient 63 is a 33-year-old Filipino male with no travel history. He is confined at the Marikina Valley Medical Center.
Patient 64 is a 32-year-old male confined at the Bataan St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center.
Elderly, sick cautioned
Data on the Philippines' confirmed cases showed that the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease and suppressed immune systems were vulnerable.
"We further urge those who are immuno-compromised and are with existing health conditions to be more vigilant and avoid crowded areas and mass gatherings,” Duque said.
Duque asked the public to refrain from hoarding basic goods after Duterte announced the community quarantine.
“I also implore everyone to please stop hoarding basic commodities, particularly hygiene and sanitation products," Duque said.
"It does not help us fight off COVID-19. Realize that when you hoard,you are being part of the problem by denying the rest of your fellowmen the means to protect
themselves,” he added. —MGP/NB, GMA News