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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

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

Duterte appoints to DOH ex-PhilHealth exec who quit over fraudulent claims

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Roy Ferrer is named an assistant secretary of the Department of Health months after he was made to hand in a courtesy resignation over fraudulent claims made to PhilHealth

BACK IN GOVERNMENT. File photo of Roy Ferrer from PhilHealth

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

'Get your priorities straight,' lawmakers tell Duque amid coronavirus threat

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:24 PM

House members are upset that the DOH chief skipped a House hearing on Metro Manila's response to the novel coronavirus to inspect a quarantine center in Nueva Ecija, as directed by the President

MISPLACED PRIORITIES? DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll skipped the House hearing on the novel coronavirus on February 5, 2020 to inspect a quarantine facility in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Darren Langit/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

Coronavirus: What we know about first death outside China

Feb 02, 2020 - 6:43 PM

The 44-year-old Chinese man who died in the Philippines is from Wuhan, the city that has been ground zero for the epidemic

SCANNERS. 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 reports of a new strain of coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

First nCoV-related death outside China as patient dies in PH

Feb 02, 2020 - 11:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The first confirmed death in the Philippines is a 44-year-old man who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China

DEPARTMNENT OF HEALTH. The Department of Health holds a press conference on 2019-nCoV updates on February 2, 2020. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

DOH eyes Caballo Island, Fort Magsaysay as quarantine for OFWs from Wuhan, Hubei

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Some 300 Filipinos in Wuhan and other parts of Hubei province in China are the priority in the Philippine government's repatriation plan

QUARANTINE ISLAND? The government is considering using the naval station on Caballo Island in Manila Bay as a quarantine area for Filipinos returning from China amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. File photo

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

DOH monitoring 24 people with flu symptoms amid coronavirus fears

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:58 PM

The Department of Health says the persons under investigation are foreign visitors who all have a history of travel to Wuhan, China

STRICT SURVEILLANCE. 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

DOH monitors 3 people for ‘flu symptoms’ at San Lazaro Hospital

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:48 AM

Two of the 3 patients in San Lazaro Hospital have a history of travel to Wuhan, China, the outbreak's epicenter

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

Foreign tourist in Camiguin tests negative for novel coronavirus

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Local health officials say they 'will continue to strictly monitor the person, his traveling companions, as well as any tourist arriving in the province'

DOH investigating 11 possible cases of novel coronavirus nationwide

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:17 PM

There is no confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines so far. The persons under investigation are in 6 regions, including Metro Manila and all of the Visayas.

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. The DOH is investigating the case of a 5-year-old child who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China for manifesting fever, throat irritation and cough prior to entering the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Cebu airport implements stricter screening amid coronavirus threat

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:38 PM

The Mactan Cebu International Airport placed intensified thermal scanning devices to check arriving passengers in the international terminal, which has flights coming from mainland China

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov). Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler