Philippines announces 19th coronavirus death, confirmed cases rise to 262

A soldier checks the body temperature of health workers before entering a free shuttle service following the suspension of mass transportation to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ health ministry on Saturday reported a 19th death related to coronavirus and said the number of confirmed cases had risen to 262 from 230 a day before.

The government has placed more than half of the country’s population under strict home quarantine to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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