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PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) continues to place patients under investigation for possible cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

As of Saturday, February 29, the DOH said it has probed 627 patients. Out of this number:

Of the 3 confirmed cases in the Philippines, one died due to severe pneumonia because of COVID-19, 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 86 Filipinos confirmed to have the virus, but all are based outside the Philippines, including two in the United Arab Emirates, two in Hong Kong, two 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 2,838 and infected more than 79,389 people in China. Cases have been recorded in at least 50 countries. – Rappler.com