PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 8, 2020
Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 8, 2020

CORONAVIRUS. People wear face masks for protection on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Health authorities continue to ramp up efforts to detect possible cases of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines.

As of Sunday, March 8, the Department of Health (DOH) said it has probed 700 patients. Out of this number:

  • 48 – admitted to hospitals
  • 646 – discharged from hospitals
  • – confirmed cases

Of the 6 confirmed cases in the Philippines:

President Rodrigo Duterte agreed to declare a state of public health emergency in the Philippines due to the confirmation of 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.

Ilocos Region 15
Cagayan Valley  40
Cordillera Administrative Region 30
Central Luzon 101
Metro Manila 228
Calabarzon 81
Mimaropa 15
Bicol 15
Western Visayas 42
Central Visayas 63
Eastern Visayas 18
Northern Mindanao 19
Caraga 3
Davao Region 24
Soccsksargen 5
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, 1 in Singapore, and 2 in Hong Kong have since recovered, leaving 45 still infected as of Sunday.

The World Health Organization raised its global risk assessment of the virus to the maximum level. It earlier declared the outbreak an international emergency.

The global death toll has reached 3,583, with 3,097 of the fatalities in China. The number of cases worldwide has risen to 105,427, with 80,859 of the infections in China. The virus has spread to more than 90 countries. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/