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 at least 849 patients have been probed as of 10 am on Friday, March 13.
Out of this number:
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.
Below is the latest breakdown of patients under investigation per region. All numbers are from the DOH's nCoV tracker.
Since the outbreak began, at least 103 Filipinos outside the Philippines have contracted the virus. These include 80 from a cruise ship docked in Japan, 7 in Singapore, 5 in Hong Kong, 2 in the United Arab Emirates, 2 in Lebanon, 6 from a luxury cruise ship docked in California, and one Filipino diplomat at the United Nations in New York.
But 40 from the cruise ship in Japan, 1 in Singapore, and 1 in Hong Kong have since recovered, leaving 61 still infected as of Friday.
The global death toll has reached 5,043, with 3,176 of the fatalities in China. The number of cases worldwide has risen to more than 134,000 with 80,813 of the infections in China. The virus has spread to at least 121 countries. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com