MANILA: The death toll in the COVID19 in Philippines has surged to 19, according to the Philippines' health ministry on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases had risen to 262 from 230 a day before. In order to mitigate the spread of the COVID19 outbreak, the government has announced a strict lockdown in which half of the country's population under strict home quarantine.
The country is stopping the issuance of visas to foreigners, banning all nationalities from entering the country to halt the spread of coronavirus, its foreign minister said on Thursday.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said on Twitter that he had signed an order stopping the issuance of visas domestically and in all foreign posts. Locsin did not give a timeframe for the measures.
The government has unveiled a 27.1 billion peso (US$526.6 million) package to fund hospitals fighting the virus and provide reprieve amid a slowdown in economic activity.