PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is now ramping up its probe of people with symptoms to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.

As of Wednesday noon, February 12, the Department of Health (DOH) has placed under investigation 408 patients under investigation (PUI). There is still no recorded local transmission in the country. 

Out of this number: 

As of this date, there have been 3 confirmed cases in the Philippines: one died due to severe pneumonia because of novel coronavirus while the two have since recovered and discharged from hospital confinement.

Below is the latest breakdown of the PUI cases per region. All numbers are from DOH's nCov tracker.

There are 6 Filipinos confirmed to have the virus, but all are based outside the Philippines, including one in the United Arab Emirates and 5 in a cruise ship in Japan.

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak as an international emergency. On Tuesday, February 11, WHO warned that the virus was a "very grave threat" for the planet.

Globally, the novel coronavirus has killed 1,018 and infected over 43,000 people across 26 countries. –