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PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 18, 2020
PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 18, 2020

Darren Langit

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 18, 2020

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 still showed that the government agency has conducted 1,030 tests as of 8:30 pm Wednesday, March 18. 

The tracker showed the following figures: 

  • patients under investigation: 338
  • patients under monitoring: 2,825

The tracker reflected 202 confirmed cases. It also showed that 171 are currently admitted to hospitals, 7 have recovered, and 17 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 still reflects 183 patients under investigation. All numbers are from the DOH’s nCoV tracker.

Ilocos Region 10
Cagayan Valley  17
Cordillera Administrative Region 10
Central Luzon 16
Metro Manila 80
Calabarzon 3
Mimaropa 0
Bicol 0
Western Visayas 1
Central Visayas 18
Eastern Visayas 3
Northern Mindanao 5
Caraga 3
Davao Region 15
Soccsksargen 2
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao 0

Since the outbreak began, at least 126 Filipinos outside the Philippines have contracted the virus. Below is the breakdown:

Of the 126 Filipinos, at least 83 have recovered: 77 from the cruise ship in Japan, 3 in Hong Kong, 2 in Singapore, and 1 in France.

The World Health Organization on March 11 called the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and warned that the spread and severity of the illness was due to “alarming levels of inaction.”

The global death toll, meanwhile, has reached 7,873, with 3,237 of the fatalities in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau). The number of cases worldwide has risen to 194,000, with more than 80,894 of the infections in China. The virus has spread to at least 150 countries. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/

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