Visiting hours at all public health facilities suspended as COVID-19 cases climb

28 March 2020, 8:59 PM
The Department of Health has suspended visiting hours at all public health facilities in the country with immediate effect amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The department however says there may be unique cases where Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) will be allowed to use their own discretion.
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