MANILA, Philippines – Health authorities continue to ramp up efforts to detect possible cases of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines.
The Department of Health (DOH) tracker showed that the government agency has conducted 925 tests as of 9 am Monday, March 16.
The tracker also showed the following figures:
- patients under investigation: 214
- patients under monitoring: 2,389
The tracker also reflected 140 confirmed cases, but by Monday evening, the DOH confirmed two additional cases.
There are currently 140 confirmed cases in the Philippines. According to the tracker, 120 are currently admitted to hospitals, 2 have recovered, while 12 have died.
President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of public health emergency in the Philippines on March 9 due to the confirmation of local transmission of the virus.
The latest breakdown per region only reflects 182 patients under investigation. All numbers are from the DOH’s nCoV tracker.
|REGION||PATIENTS UNDER INVESTIGATION|
|Cordillera Administrative Region||10|
|Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao||0|
Since the outbreak began, at least 122 Filipinos outside the Philippines have contracted the virus.
These include 80 from a cruise ship docked in Japan, 9 in Singapore, 5 in Hong Kong, 4 in the United Arab Emirates, 2 in Lebanon, 19 from a luxury cruise ship docked in California, one Filipino diplomat at the United Nations in New York, one in France, and one in Switzerland.
But 77 from the cruise ship in Japan, 2 in Singapore, one in France, 3 in Hong Kong have since recovered and been discharged, leaving 39 still admitted and in isolation, according to the latest available DOH tally.
The global death toll has reached 6,501, with 3,213 of the fatalities in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau). The number of cases worldwide has risen to 168,250, with more than 80,860 of the infections in China. The virus has spread to at least 142 countries. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com