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WHO upgrades global risk of virus spread to 'very high'

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:44 PM

'We have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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

WHO: 9 countries, including PH, show coronavirus 'can be contained'

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:56 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Philippines draws inspiration from the WHO citation but will stay vigilant against the novel corinavirus

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

WHO says virus at 'decisive point' as world battles spread

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:03 AM

It's feared that poor countries with weak health infrastructures will not be able to cope

ARRIVAL. A passenger looks on while wearing a protective mask at the arrival hall of Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

After U.S. scandal, JUUL develops new market in the Philippines

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Part 2: Amid a crackdown in its home market, leading e-cigarette company JUUL treads carefully with ‘transparency' efforts as it sets up shop in the Philippines

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

Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:17 PM

New cases linked to Italy have emerged in several countries in Europe and beyond, amid warnings from health experts that nations are not ready to contain a global outbreak

Will e-cigarettes help you quit smoking?

Feb 26, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Part 1: Doctors say it's just like taking poison in smaller amounts

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

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

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

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

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

Violinist plays during brain op as surgeons test her dexterity

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:21 AM

Video footage of the operation shows Turner playing the violin as doctors monitored her movements on screens

PERFORMANCE. Musician Dagmar Turner plays the violin during brain surgery at King's College Hospital in London. Photo by King's College Hospital/AFP

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

[OPINION] Erased suicides: The game of shame-and-blame must stop

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:00 PM

When we collectively refuse to acknowledge the epidemic of suicides, we become complicit in perpetuating shame, stigma, and blame on the people we need to help

WHO declares 'progress' in fight against novel coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:21 PM

'We are making tremendous progress in a short period of time...trends are very encouraging but we are not at a turning point yet,' a World Health Organization says

DISCHARGED. A recovered patient (C in wheelchair), 83, is discharged from Leishenshan Hospital, the newly-built makeshift hospital for novel coronavirus patients, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 18, 2020. AFP photo

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

Every child under 'immediate threat' from climate, poor diet – U.N.

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:23 PM

Not one country on Earth is adequately protecting the next generation from the impacts of carbon emissions, the destruction of nature and high-calorie and processed foods

Yemeni school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school on September 16, 2019 in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar in Taez governorate's Mashraa and Hadnan district at the start of the new academic year in the war-battered country. - The classes are given in a field outside the school which was under construction but was never completed when funding was stopped due to the war that broke out in Yemen in 2015. According to the UN, two million of the country's seven million children of school age go without education in Yemen. More than 2,500 schools are out of use across Yemen, of which two thirds have been damaged in attacks, 27 percent closed and seven percent used by the military or as shelters for displaced people. (Photo by Ahmad AL-BASHA / 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

Indian students stripped for menstruation checks

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:18 AM

Menstruating women students must stay in an isolated basement area and keep away from the kitchen and the place of worship

NO TAX. On April 10, 2018 Indian employees at the Myna Mahila Foundation prepare sanitary pads at their office in Mumbai. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

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

New China virus cases drop for third day as toll passes 1,600

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:27 AM

(4th UPDATE) The World Health Organization chief warns, however, that it is 'impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take'

COVID-19 PREVENTION. A couple wears face masks as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, as they walk along the promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong on February 14, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

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

Is it time for PH to have its own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?

Feb 15, 2020 - 5:33 PM

Having a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would 'centralize the response to emerging infectious diseases threats' according to an infectious disease expert

QUARANTINE. Mactan-Cebu International Airport monitors arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

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

No major change in 'trajectory' of coronavirus outbreak – WHO

Feb 14, 2020 - 12:00 AM

'This increase that you've all seen in the last 24 hours is largely, in part, down to a change in how the cases are being reported,' says Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies program

NEW CASES. Medical personnel wearing protective suits stay near a block's entrance on the grounds of a residential estate in Hong Kong, early on February 11, 2020, after two people in the block were confirmed to have contracted the new coronavirus, according to local newspaper reports. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP