MANILA, Philippines – Health authorities continue to ramp up efforts to detect possible cases of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines.
As of Saturday, March 7, the Department of Health (DOH) said it has probed 692 patients. Out of this number:
- 46 – admitted to hospitals
- 640 – discharged from hospitals
- 6 – confirmed cases
Of the 6 confirmed cases in the Philippines:
- One Filipino visited Japan and returned to Manila on February 25
- One Filipino has no known travel history, the country’s first local transmission
- One Filipino is the wife of the patient mentioned above
- One died due to severe pneumonia because of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus
- Two have since recovered
President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to declare a State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines due to the confirmation of a local transmission of the virus, upon the request of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
Below is the latest breakdown of patients under investigation per region. All numbers are from the DOH’s nCoV tracker.
|REGION||NUMBER OF PEOPLE PROBED|
|Cordillera Administrative Region||29|
|Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao||1|
Since the outbreak began, at least 88 Filipinos outside the Philippines have contracted the virus. These include 80 from a cruise ship docked in Japan, 3 in Singapore, 3 in Hong Kong, and 2 in the United Arab Emirates.
But 40 from the cruise ship, one in Singapore, and two in Hong Kong have since recovered, leaving 45 still infected as of Friday.
The global death toll has reached 3,483, with 3,070 of the fatalities in China. The number of cases worldwide has risen to 101,828, with 80,813 of the infections in China. The virus has spread to more than 87 countries. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com