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16 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in the Philippines, total suddenly surge to 49

Philippines confirmed 16 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as cases continued to climb bringing the total to 49, announced by the Department of Health (DOH).

Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said health authorities were tracing the contacts of the confirmed cases.

There are 31 possible COVID-19 cases still pending confirmation while 68 persons under investigation are still confined at various hospitals across the country, according to DOH.

A MalacaƱang official disclosed that state health insurer PhilHealth would shoulder the cost of COVID-19 testing fees on top of coverage of quarantine and isolation costs. 

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