ABS-CBN is suspending the live staging of its noontime show It's Showtime.
In a statement released on Sunday, March 21, the Kapamilya network said that the move is "to ensure the safety of our hosts and production team because of the surging COVID-19 cases in the country."
The Philippines confirmed 7,757 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the second-highest since Saturday, March 20, when the country recorded 7,999 new cases.
It is also the third straight day that new infections exceeded 7,000.
In total, there are 663,794 cases in the country, including 12,968 deaths, 577,754 recoveries, and 73,072 active cases.
The surge in COVID-19 infections has prompted the government to place Metro Manila and four neighboring provinces (Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal) under general community quarantine with additional restrictions, starting March 22 until April 4.