Public health emergency declared in Philippines as virus cases double

Public health emergency declared in Philippines as virus cases double
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly declared a public health emergency in the nation amid the coronavirus outbreak. Duterte said the outbreak “constitutes an emergency that threatens national security which requires a whole-of-government response,” according to The Associated Press. The declaration came as health officials announced the number of cases in Philippines doubled to 20 confirmed infections, the AP noted. Authorities could order mandatory reporting of infections and enforce quarantine and other disease-control actions under the declaration, according to the news service. Globally, there are more than 111,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.More than 500 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and multiple deaths have been reported, with the majority in Washington state.At least eight U.S. states have declared states of emergency in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. Oregon announced a state of emergency on Sunday after the number of cases in that state doubled to 14.