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

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 28, 2020

A sign of 'No mask, No Entry' is put into the entrance of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila following the confirmation of Department of Health of the first case Novel coronavirus in the country on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH eyes repatriation of Filipinos in Macau amid coronavirus scare

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:36 PM

Coordination with the Macau government is underway and a decision on the possible repatriation may come out this weekend, says the Department of Health

Visitors wear face masks as they walk outside the Venetian casino hotel resort as a Lunar New Year light display is projected upon a facade of the building in Macau on January 22, 2020, after the former Portuguese colony reported its first case of the new SARS-like virus that originated from Wuhan in China. - Macau on January 22 reported its first confirmed case of the new SARS-like coronavirus as authorities announced all staff in the city's bustling casinos had been ordered to wear face masks. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

2 more repatriates from cruise ship in Japan show flu-like symptoms – DOH

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:40 PM

(UPDATED) The patients are among the 445 Filipinos who have been repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama

The government begins efforts to repatriate Filipinos from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. They had been quarantined following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on the ship. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 27, 2020

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:11 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 27, 2020

Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On Wednesday, February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) of the Novel Coronavirua Acute Respiratory Disease is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH stops contact tracing for coronavirus, shifts efforts to 'preparedness'

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:27 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says there are 'no indications' that those who came into contact with the 3 Chinese tourists who tested positive for the novel coronavirus got sick

CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING. Health Secretary Francisco Duque (middle) holds a press briefing with Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (right) and DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on February 25, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 26, 2020

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 26, 2020

The government begins efforts to repatriate Filipinos from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. They had been quarantined following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on the ship. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 25, 2020

Feb 25, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 25, 2020

LRT2 personnel uses disinfectant sprays as they clean the seats and safety handrails of the train coaches of the LRT line 2 at the Recto station in Manila on Monday, February 10, as precautionary measures for the thousands of commuters who uses the trains against the spread novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 24, 2020

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 24, 2020

Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On Wednesday, February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) of the Novel Coronavirua Acute Respiratory Disease is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipino crew of Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus now at 59

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) These 52 cases, including two who have recovered, will not be joining the more than 400 Filiipinos who will be repatriated sometime this week

QUARANTINED. A bus drives through dockside past the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is in quarantine in the port of Yokohama, Japan due to fears of possible COVID-19 infection File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 23, 2020

Feb 23, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 23, 2020

Long queue wait outside a medical store in Bambang, Sta. Cruz, Manila as they wait for available stock of face masks on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 22, 2020

Feb 22, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 22, 2020

Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On Wednesday, February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) of the Novel Coronavirua Acute Respiratory Disease is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH: Repatriation of Filipinos on cruise ship moved to 'early next week’

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The DOH says the rescheduling is needed to allow Japanese health authorities to complete laboratory testing of the Filipino crew members

COUPLE. Passengers look out from their balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on February 14, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

52 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus will not be repatriated yet

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The Filipinos, both crew and passengers of Diamond Princess, will still remain in Japan

A bus with a driver (L) wearing protective gear departs from the dockside next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 14, 2020. - Japanese authorities were preparing Febraury 14 to move some older passengers who tested negative for the new coronavirus off a quarantined cruise ship and into government-designated lodging. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 21, 2020

The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) demonstrate to first responders how to use the protective gear properly in time coronavirus hit their barangays during a meeting on February 4, 2020. Mayor Joy Belmonte tapped officials from 142 barangays to boost efforts against 2019 nCoV-ARD. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Filipino repatriates from Wuhan going home after showing no COVID-19 symptoms

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The 10 government personnel who were part of the repatriation team, 6 flight crew members, and 3 ground crew operators will also complete their 14-day quarantine on February 22

QUARANTINE ENDING. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 21, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Around 500 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship to come home on February 23

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says even the Filipino crew member of the cruise ship who recovered from the novel coronavirus will still have to undergo a 14-day quarantine in New Clark City

GOING HOME. A passenger (L) disembarks from the Diamond Princess cruise ship after being quarantined due to the novel coronavirus. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 20, 2020

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 20, 2020

Makati conducts temperature checks amid nCoV outbreak. A staff of the Makati Health Department uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of employees and visitors at the entrance of the Makati City Hall Building 1 in the wake of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak. Apart from the City Hall complex, all of the city’s 26 barangay health centers use the non-contact thermometers as part of the city’s measures against nCoV. The city regularly refills hand sanitizer dispensers in strategic places at City Hall to prevent the spread of the virus. Photo from Makati ICRD

Filipina in Hong Kong tests positive for novel coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:05 PM

A 32-year-old domestic worker is Hong Kong's 61st confirmed case of infection, and the city's first Filipino COVID-19 patient

HEALTH WORKERS. Medical workers in Hong Kong are dealing with more than 60 cases of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 19, 2020

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 19, 2020

A sign of 'No mask, No Entry' is put into the entrance of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila following the confirmation of Department of Health of the first case Novel coronavirus in the country on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

First Filipino case of novel coronavirus recovers – DFA

Feb 19, 2020 - 5:16 PM

Another 40 Filipino crew members of a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, are being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in Japan

QUARANTINE OVER. The cruise ship Diamond Princess docked in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Charly Triballeu/AFP

DFA orders immediate repatriation of Filipinos on cruise ship in Japan

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The Department of Health says the returning Filipinos would be subjected to an additional 14-day quarantine upon arrival as a safety precaution

COUPLE. Passengers look out from their balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on February 14, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 18, 2020

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 18, 2020

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS. Metro Manila commuters wear face masks as protection from the novel coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Safe' to join public gatherings amid COVID-19 threat, says PH gov't

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Several Cabinet officials including Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tell the public that they can join gatherings with large crowds for as long as they observe DOH-recommended precautionary measures against COVID-19

FACE MASKS VS COVID-19. People wearing face mask look for books during the opening ceremony of 'Big Bad Wolf' book sale in Pasay City on February 13, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

8 more Filipino crew of Japanese cruise ship catch novel coronavirus

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:04 PM

A total of 35 Filipinos working on the ship have caught the virus

QUARANTINED. The Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Stranded OFWs may return to Hong Kong, Macau as gov't partially lifts travel ban

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Some 25,000 Filipinos have been urging the government to let them return to their jobs or homes in China's special administrative regions

STRANDED. Filipino travelers waiting to board their flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

7 million senior citizens to benefit from EO setting medicine price cap – DOH

Feb 18, 2020 - 11:45 AM

A majority of the medicines covered by the new EO involve illnesses that often hit the elderly, like diabetes and hypertension

CARE FOR SENIORS. DOH chief Francisco Duque III says senior citizens will benefit from the new EO setting the maximum drug retail price. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 17, 2020

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 17, 2020

49 quarantined Filipinos in New Clark City show no symptoms so far

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:05 PM

The Department of Health says the Filipinos repatriated from the Chinese province of Hubei are being monitored twice a day in the quarantine facility

STILL QUARANTINED. 30 Filipinos who worked in Hubei, China return to the Philippines on February 9, 2020 and are currently undergoing a 14-day quarantine due to the novel coronavirus scare. File photo from DFA

DOH stays 'vigilant' even with admitted PUIs for coronavirus down to 171

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:45 PM

The Department of Health records a total of 521 persons under investigation for the novel coronavirus, but 350 have already been discharged from health facilities

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 17, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 16, 2020

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 16, 2020

The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) demonstrate to first responders how to use the protective gear properly in time coronavirus hit their barangays during a meeting on February 4, 2020. Mayor Joy Belmonte tapped officials from 142 barangays to boost efforts against 2019 nCoV-ARD. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 15, 2020

Feb 15, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 15, 2020

The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH confirms 17th polio case in the country

Feb 15, 2020 - 5:58 PM

The patient is a one-year-old boy from Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 14, 2020

Feb 14, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 14, 2020

The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

441 patients probed for novel coronavirus in PH

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:38 PM

There are no longer reports of patients under investigation refusing to be admitted to hospitals

PREPAREDNESS. Makati conducts temperature checks amid nCoV outbreak. A staff of the Makati Health Department uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of employees and visitors at the entrance of the Makati City Hall Building 1 in the wake of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak. Photo from Makati ICRD

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 13, 2020

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring, as of 10 am of February 13, 2020

SAMPLE. A laborant at the State Health Authorities of Baden-Wuerttemberg works on a test sample of a suspected case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Stuttgart, sothern Germany on January 29, 2020. Photo by Marijan Murat/AFP

12 persons monitored in Bicol for coronavirus symptoms

Feb 13, 2020 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) Before this new batch, there were 5 PUIs, who all eventually tested negative

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

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of noon of February 12, 2020

Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On Wednesday, February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) of the Novel Coronavirua Acute Respiratory Disease is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH probes 408 patients for novel coronavirus in PH

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) There is still no recorded local transmission of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines, but the government says it is prepared for that eventuality

PREPARATION. Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On Wednesday, February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a patient under investigation (PUI) of the novel coronavirus is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: DOH updates on 2019 novel coronavirus

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:01 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

Taiwan covered by travel ban due to novel coronavirus – DOH

Feb 10, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo says Taiwan is included in the ban because the World Health Organization recognizes it as part of China and the Philippines has a One-China policy

RETURNING HOME. 30 Filipinos who were in Hubei Province in China have returned to the Philippines and will undergo a 14-day quarantine. Photo from DFA.

284 patients probed in PH for novel coronavirus

Feb 09, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Health says 17 more patients are being monitored for possible novel coronavirus, in addition to 267 others

HOLDING AREA. Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show their preparedness in case a patient under investigation for the novel coronavirus is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Health officials probe 267 patients in PH for novel coronavirus

Feb 08, 2020 - 11:42 PM

The figure is up from the 215 reported on Friday, February 7

MONITORING. A nurse from the Ospital ng Parañaque demonstrates protocols for patients under observation for the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH probes 215 patients for novel coronavirus in PH

Feb 07, 2020 - 4:42 PM

The Department of Health also reports a second death of a patient under investigation, but due to 'underlying restrictive lung disease' and not the 2019 novel coronavirus

PRECAUTION. Filipino-Chinese are advised to wear face masks inside the Seng Guan Temple in Tondo, Manila on February 7, 2020, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines confirms 3rd case of novel coronavirus

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:00 PM

(6th UPDATE) The Department of Health is probing a total of 133 people for the novel coronavirus as of February 5

SCANNER. Thermal scanners welcome people into the Philippine Senate amid the 2019 novel coronavirus scare. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duque hits DOH bureau for ‘incompetence’ in coronavirus response

Feb 04, 2020 - 6:49 PM

The epidemiology bureau of the Department of Health monitors the spread of infectious diseases, including the emerging 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease

HEALTH SECRETARY. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media after the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Ilagay sa lugar ang pakikipag-kaibigan sa Tsina sa harap ng banta ng coronavirus

Feb 03, 2020 - 12:19 PM

Why are the trolls dabbling in the coronavirus issue? To stem the tide of public sentiment against China, and shield this government from the backlash of its pro-China policies

DOH monitors 31 patients for novel coronavirus

Jan 31, 2020 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) A Chinese and an American have joined the group being monitored by Philippine health officials for possible infection with the novel coronavirus

PRECAUTION. The Manila Doctors Hospital along UN Avenue in Manila sets up a quarantine area for Patients Under Investigation (PUI) and possible cases infected of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) following the first confirmed case in the country on Friday, January 31. Photo by Ben Nabong

Philippines now has capability to test samples for novel coronavirus – Duque

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:09 PM

The health department will no longer need to send samples to Australia for testing, and will be able to determine 'within 48 hours' whether these are positive for 2019-nCoV

HEALTH SECRETARY. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll at a press conference on the update of the coronavirus at the Philippine Blood Center in Quezon City on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Man monitored for novel coronavirus dies of pneumonia in Manila

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:54 PM

Philippine health officials say the patient is a 29-year-old man from Yunnan, China, who had a preexisting illness. Tests would still be conducted to confirm if he was positive for 2019-nCoV.

THERMAL SCAN. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak in China, which has spread to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH repatriating Filipinos in Wuhan, Hubei province who want to return home

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Filipinos who wish to stay in China should heed advisories from local health authorities and cooperate with efforts to quell the further spread of 2019-nCoV there, the Department of Health says

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler