The Philippines has been placed under a “state of calamity” for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the state news agency, Philippines News Agency (PNA).
The declaration will open up an emergency fund to central and local governments to help fight the virus.
It will also allow the government to call in support from all law enforcement agencies, including the Armed Forces, “as may be necessary,” said the PNA report.
Upgraded warning: Before the new declaration, the entire country had already been placed under a state of public health emergency on March 9.
The Philippines now has reported 187 confirmed cases and 14 deaths due to the coronavirus.