PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 28, 2020

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

As of Friday, February 28, the Department of Health said it has probed 621 patients. Out of this number:

  • 30 - admitted to hospitals
  • 588 - discharged from hospitals
  • - confirmed cases

Of the 3 confirmed cases in the Philippines, one died due to severe pneumonia because of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus, while the other two have since recovered.

There is still no recorded case of local transmission in the country.

Below is the latest breakdown of patients under investigation per region. All numbers are from the DOH's nCoV tracker.

There are at least 85 Filipinos confirmed to have the virus, but all are based outside the Philippines, including two in the United Arab Emirates, two in Hong Kong, one in Singapore, and 80 who were aboard cruise ship quarantined in Japan.

The World Health Organization earlier declared the outbreak an international emergency, warning that the novel coronavirus poses a "very grave threat."

So far, the virus has killed 2,791 and infected more than 78,900 people in China. Cases have been recorded in at least 50 countries. – Rappler.com