The Department of Heath (DOH) reported on Friday that 29 more patients died of the coronavirus – the biggest single-day increase in the coronavirus death toll in the country, so far – for a total of 136 fatalities.
The DOH also reported that another patient recovered from the virus, raising the total number of recoveries to 52.
WATCH: President Rodrigo Duterte's public address, April 3, 2020
To contain the spread of the virus, President Rodrigo Duterte placed Metro Manila and the whole of Luzon on lockdown until April 14 and April 12, respectively, but this could be lifted or extended depending on the assessment of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the coronavirus, in consultation with experts and various sectors.
Duterte earlier signed the Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act which gave him 30 special powers to address the coronavirus pandemic.
The government also designated national quarantine centers to be used during the coronavirus outbreak which will be fully operational in about 10 days. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said at least two centers will be fully-functional by April 10 while another center will be ready by April 12.
As of Friday, the coronavirus has infected more than 1 million people, with over 50,000 deaths.
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