Philippines COVID-19: Concerts, events postponed as cases spike up to 20

The effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are slowly being felt in the Philippines, with public gatherings such as concerts getting cancelled as cases continue to rise.

In the latest update Monday, March 9, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Manila have already spiked up to 20.

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) made the announcement a day after the total confirmed cases jumped from 6 to 10.

According to their press statement, the 10 confirmed cases came from samples tested from March 6 to 8.

Wanderland Music Festival 2020, supposedly scheduled for March 7 and 8, was postponed upon the advise of the Muntinlupa City government.

Organizers of Art in the Park 2020, scheduled for March 15 in Makati, has also cancelled their event following advisories of the World Health Organization and the DOH.

The Manila International Auto Show, which features cars, originally slated from April 2 to 5, has also been cancelled for the utmost safety of exhibitors, stakeholders, and participants.

Even local businesses like restaurants have shortened operating hours to allow for daily sanitizing.

SM Supermalls with 3-Day Sale periods were also advised to cancel for public safety.

The DOH still advises everyone to wash hands thoroughly, wear masks, and stay indoors as much as possible.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.