A coronaviruses epidemic has reached the Philippines, with at least 14 new cases reported since the beginning of the year, health officials said.
The outbreak, which was reported in February, has killed more than 3,500 people and infected more than 11,000, the health department said Friday.
In addition to the outbreak in the Philippines and in neighboring countries, the virus is spreading through air travel and through the ocean, and through direct contact with infected water.
Officials said that the virus has also spread through contact with water, which has been the source of the infection in Puerto Rico, where authorities have suspended drinking and bathing.
Health officials say there are no direct links to coronas in the United States.
As of Friday, the Philippines had registered 10 cases of coronaviral diseases, including three confirmed cases linked to the coronavire virus.
At least five other cases of the virus were reported in the central Philippines, including two in Mindanao, where health officials say they have detained three people and are searching for more.
The Philippines is among the hardest-hit countries in the world, and the nation’s health ministry said more than 6,000 people were hospitalized last month for coronavitis.
About 5,800 people have died from the coronas, and more than 2,100 have been hospitalized, according to the health ministry.
A coronavariosis outbreak in South Korea, which the World Health Organization said last week was linked to a coronavirock, prompted the government to suspend all public gatherings.