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WATCH: DOH updates on 2019 novel coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:49 PM

Bookmark this page for updates from the Department of Health on the novel coronavirus

NCOV BRIEFING. Health Sec. Francisco Duque III with WHO Country Represenattive Dr. Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on January 21, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

China quarantine hotel collapse toll rises to 26

Mar 08, 2020 - 12:10 PM

(4th UPDATE) 3 more people are feared still trapped in the rubble, according to state media

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A boy is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 8, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

More than 40 rescued from China hotel collapse, say state media

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:57 AM

Officials say around 70 people were initially trapped when the building first crumbled

COLLAPSE. A man is helped out of the rubble of a collapsed hotel by rescuers in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 7, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Hotel used as quarantine site collapses, traps 70 in eastern China

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:18 PM

(UPDATED) The People's Daily state newspaper reports that the hotel, which opened just two years ago, was recently repurposed to house people who had been in recent contact with confirmed virus patients

COLLAPSE. A man is helped out of the rubble of a collapsed hotel by rescuers in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 7, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to South Korea after PH travel ban

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

Olympics chief: IOC 'committed' to Tokyo Games despite virus

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The fate of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been in the spotlight amid the widening virus outbreak

epa08251597 Visitors wearing face masks walk past the Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium, venue of the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan, 27 February 2020. Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, scheduled to start on 24 July 2020, continue as planned despite the spreading Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, organizers confirmed. EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Why coronavirus could help save China's endangered species

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:04 AM

However, there are fears that humans could come to blame pangolins for the outbreak, and seek revenge

BABY. A baby pangolin is held up by a human caretaker. Photo by Greg Yann

Saudi bans pilgrims from holy sites over virus as Iran deaths jump

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:48 AM

(UPDATED) China is no longer the only breeding ground for COVID-19 as countries worry about possible contagion from other hotbeds of infection, including Iran, South Korea and Italy

KAABA. Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on August 28, 2017. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Uighur activists say coronavirus measures causing hunger

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:22 AM

In one video believed to have been shot last week, a man is heard shouting at officials, 'I'm starving. My wife and children are starving.'

UIGHUR MUSLIMS. A child of unknown nationality, believed to be of Uighur minority from troubled western region of China, sits in a police truck. Photo by Phuchiss Pirunla Ong/EPA

South Korea starts virus checks on 200,000-plus 'cult' members

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:10 AM

Most of South Korea's novel coronavirus are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, an entity often accused of being a cult

SPRAY. Market workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant at a market in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 23, 2020 as a preventive measure after the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Philippines observes 'no-contact' Ash Wednesday to beat virus

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:54 AM

Local church officials also strongly recommend that Catholics do not kiss or touch the cross during Good Friday services

SPRINKLES. Catholic faithful wearing masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, queue up as a nun sprinkles ash on their heads during Ash Wednesday at a church compound in Manila on February 26, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

'Fear and panic' as coronavirus threatens Afghanistan, Pakistan

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:41 AM

'People are illiterate, you can't get the message through to them,' says a Kabul-based physician

FREE MASKS. A volunteer hands out free face masks to people as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Herat city on February 26, 2020. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Dozens allowed off Japan virus-hit ship have 'symptoms' – minister

Feb 26, 2020 - 1:48 PM

Around 970 were allowed off the boat last week after testing negative for the virus, but several have subsequently been found to be carrying the disease

YIKES. Japan's Health Minister Katsunobu Kato reacts during a press conference on the COVID-19 coronavirus at the ministry in Tokyo on February 25, 2020.  Photo Charly Triballeau/AFP

American soldier in South Korea tests positive for coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 1:05 PM

The soldier, a 23-year-old man, is the first infection among the 28,500 troops Washington stations in the South to defend it against the nuclear-armed North

INFECTED. File photo of a US Marine with South Korean soldiers at the Joint Security Area in Kaesong, South Korea in the DMZ of the Korean border. Photo by Shutterstock.com

China reports 52 more virus deaths, lowest in 3 weeks

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:17 AM

But the disease has now reached dozens of countries

MAKESHIFT. Medical staff work at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

South Korea reports 169 new coronavirus cases, total tops 1,100

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:06 AM

An 11th person has died of the disease – a Mongolian man who had been awaiting a liver transplant

HELPER. A South Korean tourist information helper wears a face mask at the Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul on January 29, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

China quarantines 94 people on Seoul flight after 3 show fever

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:53 AM

None of the 3 people with fevers have any history of travel to Wuhan

PLANE. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

Switzerland reports first case of new coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:34 AM

The report comes after outbreaks were identified in Switzerland's main neighbors Austria, France, Germany, and Italy

MOBBED. Team leader of the joint mission between World Health Organization (WHO) and China on COVID-19 Bruce Aylward (C) talks to journalists following a press conference at the WHO headquarters on February 25, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

World 'simply not ready' for virus spread – WHO China mission chief

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:16 AM

'How many countries are planning hospital beds, planning ventilators...and the lab capacity to be able to manage this?' asks WHO's China mission chief

NO MASK, NO ENTRY. A sign reading 'No mask, No Entry' is placed at the entrance of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Coronavirus monitoring systems strained to the extreme

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:05 AM

At some point, national health authorities may have to switch from blocking the virus' progress to coping with its effects

TESTS. Lab technicians test patient samples for the novel coronavirus at the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases of Thailand. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Borders stay open as Italy coronavirus outbreak spreads south

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:16 AM

'We're talking about a virus that doesn't respect borders,' says Italy's Health Minister Roberto Speranza

REPATRIATES. A military personnel sits in a coach transporting Italian citizens repatriated from the coronavirus hot-zone of Wuhan on February 3, 2020. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Health authorities expect coronavirus spread on U.S. soil

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Officials are also worried about the US drug supply chain, because a high proportion of ingredients used to make medicine is made in China

MASKED. Chinese students hold a memorial for Dr Li Wenlian outside the UCLA campus in Westwood, California, on February 15, 2020. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Pompeo says Iran must 'tell the truth' on coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 7:46 AM

Pompeo says that both China and Iran could have better contained coronavirus if they allowed free expression

POMPEO. File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from May 2019. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

Fourth person from quarantined Japan ship dies – local media

Feb 25, 2020 - 11:56 AM

Several people who left the boat after getting the all-clear have since tested positive, the health ministry admits

DOCKED. A bus drives dockside past the Diamond Princess cruise ship on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

South Korea 'very grave,' Moon says as coronavirus cases approach 1,000

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) More than 80% of the infections have been in South Korean city Daegu and the neighboring North Gyeongsang province

BODY CARE. A woman wearing a face mask walks into a shop at Dongseongro shopping district in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 24, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je /AFP

China reports 71 more coronavirus deaths

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:33 AM

A WHO expert warns of outbreaks in other countries 'increasing at exponential growth rates'

FAMILY. A mother adjusts her child's protective mask to help stop the spread of the deadly virus. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

4 more Middle East nations report coronavirus cases

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

Bahrain shuts 3 schools after a man who had transported children to the institutions tested positive after returning from Iran

CHECK. The body temperature of an Iraqi child returning from Iran is measured upon her arrival at the Najaf International Airport on February 21, 2020. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

WHO warns of pandemic risk after virus peaks in China

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) The spread of the disease continues unabated with Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, and Oman announcing their first cases on Monday

LINE UP. People stand in a queue to buy protective facemasks in Hanoi on February 17, 2020. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

WHO tells world to brace for 'potential pandemic' as virus spreads

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The number of fatalities in China also continues to soar, with 150 more deaths taking the official toll to nearly 2,600

COVERED. This photo taken on February 5, 2020 shows a patient (R) covered with a bed sheet at an exhibition center converted into a hospital as it starts to accept patients displaying mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

South Korea becomes biggest coronavirus center outside China

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:21 AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in raises the country's virus alert to red, the highest level

ON GUARD. 'Palace guard' members in traditional Korean costume wear face masks as they perform for tourists at Deoksugung palace in Seoul on January 30, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Xi says China facing 'big test' with virus, global impact spreads

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:02 AM

The virus has so far killed more than 2,400 people, with about 80,000 infected globally

SITTING. An elderly man wearing a face mask to protect against the COVID-19 coronavirus sits outside of his home in Beijing on February 23, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Spread of coronavirus confirms WHO fears, say experts

Feb 24, 2020 - 9:42 AM

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has already sounded the alarm, saying the window to stem the virus is shrinking

FLIGHT. Passengers wearing masks prepare to disembark from a Hong Kong-Bangkok flight on January 23, 2020. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

No PH travel ban vs Singapore amid Filipino coronavirus case

Feb 24, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Philippine Ambassador Joseph Yap tells Rappler the situation in Singapore is improving, and ‘there is even less reason now to have travel restrictions of any kind’

STROLL. A visitor, wearing a protective face mask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walks along Merlion Park in Singapore on February 17, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

5th coronavirus death in Italy as infections mount

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The head of the country's civil protection agency, Angelo Borrelli, says 219 people have now tested positive in Italy, which has the most confirmed cases in Europe

CHURCH. Women wearing respiratory masks walk across Piazza del Duomo in central Milan on February 23, 2020. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Russia-linked disinformation campaign fueling coronavirus alarm, U.S. says

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:47 PM

The claims include allegations that the virus is a US effort to 'wage economic war on China,' that it is a biological weapon manufactured by the CIA or part of a Western-led effort 'to push anti-China messages'

HEALTH SCANS. Health officers screen arriving passengers from China with thermal scanners at Changi International airport in Singapore on January 22, 2020 as authorities increased measure against coronavirus. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

COVID-19: Tips for a saner digital diet in these viral times

Feb 22, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Now's the best time to give ourselves an immunity shot to avoid succumbing to misinformation, malice, and meanness'

Quarantine nightmare still not over for left-behind cruise ship crew

Feb 21, 2020 - 2:14 PM

While passengers on board were confined to their cabins around the clock apart from an hour of fresh air on deck, most of the Diamond Princess crew did not undergo quarantine as they were needed to keep the ship running

NOT OVER. A Japanese Self-Defense Forces Health Corps vehicle enters a cordoned-off area at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored, in Yokohama. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Iraq, Kuwait on alert as coronavirus deaths rise in Iran

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Both Iraq and Kuwait, which respectively share land and maritime borders with Iran, have not confirmed any cases of the virus internally

MASKED. An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask checks her mobile telephone as she walks in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Ukraine protesters clash with police over coronavirus evacuees

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Dozens of protesters block a road near a local hospital even before officials confirm that the site would hold evacuees

FIRE. Protesters set fire to barricades as they block a road ahead of the arrival of evacuees from coronavirus-hit China for quarantine at a medical facility in the settlement of Novi Sanzhary on February 20, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

South Korea confirms 52 more coronavirus cases, total 156

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:48 AM

South Korea is now the worst-infected country outside China

SPRAY. South Korean health officials wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. Photo by Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu/AFP

Australian coronavirus victims had tested negative in Japan

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) The evacuees are positive for coronavirus but were earlier cleared in Japan

WAITING. Passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship look out from their balconies. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Chinese man argues against deportation from Canada, citing virus

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:57 AM

The man says he was scared for his life when he was ordered out of the country 'straight into an epidemic of a deadly virus which still rages'

MASKED. A China Eastern Airlines aircrew member arrives at Sydney airport after landing on a plane from the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 23, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

New virus outbreaks in China, abroad rekindle concerns

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:56 AM

(UPDATED) The number of deaths outside mainland China climb to 11

LIGHTS. Visitors wear face masks as they walk outside the Venetian casino hotel resort in Macau on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Isolated, training in masks: coronavirus hits China's Olympic hopes

Feb 20, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The coronavirus outbreak hits a critical stage in the Chinese athletes' Olympic buildup

QUARANTINED. China’s football star Wang Shuang hasn’t been allowed to leave her home city of Wuhan. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

1st South Korea virus patient dies as number of infections doubles

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) A man in his 60s in North Gyeongsang province tests positive for the coronavirus after dying Wednesday, February 19, following symptoms of pneumonia

CULT. South Korean health officials wearing protective suit and spraying disinfectant near a church in the southeastern city of Daegu. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

China announces biggest drop in new virus cases in almost a month

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Outside of Hubei, the number of cases has been steadily falling

SIGN. A man wearing a protective face mask walks along a street in Wuhan on January 26, 2020, a city at the epicenter of a viral outbreak. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

2 former Japan cruise ship passengers die – media

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) They are the first fatal cases among the more than 600 who were onboard the cruise ship

DOCKED. The Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked at the Daikaku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Coronavirus brings 2 foes together, Japan and China

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Photos are seen online of Japanese pharmacies with signs saying 'Let's go, China!'

Japan hits back at 'chaotic' cruise ship quarantine claims

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'Is it really safe to get off?' screams a headline in the Nikkan Sports tabloid

ESCAPE. A passenger (L) disembarks from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Coronavirus outbreak slashes China carbon emissions – study

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:23 AM

China's carbon emissions have dropped by least 100 million metric tons over the past two weeks, the study says

SMOG. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan among heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Photo by STR/AFP