Cities of Manila, Pasay, San Juan declare state of calamity amid COVID-19 threat

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15)— Three more local governments in Metro Manila have declared a state of calamity as coronavirus disease cases in the capital region continue to rise.

The city councils of Manila, Pasay and San Juan have passed resolutions placing their respective areas under a state of calamity. The move will give authorities access to the local quick response or calamity fund.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora said the budget will help the local government procure the essentials in the campaign against COVID-19, including medicines, food, testing kits, emergency tents, and ventilators for the hospitals.

Quezon City, the region's most populous city, earlier also declared a state of calamity after it recorded 6 positive COVID-19 cases.

Makati City Mayor Abby Binay said her government is also expected to pass a resolution for the calamity fund by Monday.

There are now 140 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, including 11 deaths. Globally, the infectious disease has infected more than 156,000 people in 142 different countries and territories, including China.