By Teddy Cambosa

The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines has tallied a new spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, with 9,595 cases adding up today, according to the department’s latest health bulletin.

To date, the country has 118,122 active COVID-19 cases, and total confirmed caseload in the country to 712,442.

In response to the continuous rise in COVID-19 cases, the national government has announced an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) across Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, known collectively as the Greater Manila Area or NCR Plus.

The ECQ will take effect on March 29 at 12:01 AM to April 4, as the country nears its observance of the Catholic Holy Week.

Prior to the ECQ implementation, the Greater Manila area was placed under a ‘travel bubble’ where there is limited movement within the area for non-essential travel.

Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University. He is also currently writing for MARKETECH APAC, a small APAC-focused marketing news site.

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