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The Philippine health ministry on Tuesday confirmed 39 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 501.

The number of patients who have died from the virus is 33. There were 19 people who have recovered from the infection, the health undersecretary, Maria Rosario Vergeire, has said.

More from New Zealand now. The minister of foreign affairs Winston Peters has encouraged tens of thousands of Kiwis stuck overseas to “shelter in place”, as the government was in not certain it could get them home, due to the global health crisis evolving too rapidly.

“Since 18 March, we have been warning New Zealanders offshore that the window for flying home was closing,” Peters said. “A week later, it has now almost completely closed.”

Many of the hubs we usually rely on to get home are no longer available, as countries such as Singapore prevent transits by foreign nationals through their airports. We must recognise that measures like these are part of the international effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

We are reaching a point where the best option for most New Zealanders offshore is to shelter in place, by preparing to safely stay where they are. This includes following the instructions of the local authorities and the advice of the World Health Organisation.

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