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121 Albay residents who escaped Manila are stranded at the border

Mar 31, 2020 - 5:27 PM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara closes the border to returning residents, a decision that he says is based on consultations with the 18 mayors of the province

Commuters, hoping to leave Manila before the travel ban, flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, March 13, 2020. President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday on the community quarantine in Metro Manila that will begin on March 15, 2020.

PH to import 300,000 metric tons of rice for 'contingency' during coronavirus outbreak

Mar 31, 2020 - 5:19 PM

The Inter-Agency Task Force is seeking the approval of President Duterte to go through government-to-government arrangements

STOCKPILE. The Philippine government seeks to ensure a 'contingency' rice supply as it addresses the coronavirus outbreak. File photo by Rappler

PH coronavirus cases jump by 538; total cases now 2,084

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:56 PM

The Department of Health confirms that 10 more patients died due to the coronavirus disease, bringing the new death toll to 88

To protect themselves from COVID-19, nurses from UP Health Service in Diliman, Quezon City, put sheets of plastic as divider to patients coming in and out of the hospital. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Aklan's 3 coronavirus cases all travelled to Manila

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Aklan's provincial hospital raises its alert to Level 2 following the admission of new cases

VIRUS. This photo shows the form of the novel coronavirus. Photo from Shutterstock

LGUs ordered to provide contact tracers in tracking coronavirus cases

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says these persons will also help in monitoring PUMs and PUIs

PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS. Quezon City health volunteers distributes hygiene kits to  families at the Barangay Balara, Quezon City on March 18, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The 'late' president? Netizens invent new timezone to adjust with Duterte

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's pre-recorded address, which was supposed to air at 4 pm, is broadcast 7 hours past the original schedule

Supreme Court allows e-filing of charges, e-posting of bail

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:05 PM

This is the latest precautionary measure of the judiciary as a prosecutor tests positive for the coronavirus disease

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

TRACKER: DSWD assistance during coronavirus crisis

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:48 PM

DSWD's main responsibility under the Bayanihan to Heal as One act is to expedite the distribution of food assistance to the most affected residents

Aid for firms 'take a back seat,' poor are 'priority' in PH virus fight

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the government will 'eventually' put in place programs for businesses. For now, they will prioritize cash subsidies.

Week 3 of lockdown: No national quarantine centers yet

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:14 PM

The government's coronavirus task force orders agencies to speed up the identification of ships, hotels, convention centers, and sports arenas which can be used to house suspected and mild coronavirus cases

ISOLATION FACILITIES. The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is one government sports facility being considered as a quarantine facility. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lack of PhilHealth rules on coronavirus expenses leaves patient’s family in limbo

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:10 PM

PhilHealth earlier announced a P30-billion budget to cover all expenses of coronavirus patients who are its members, confined in accredited hospitals. Banking on this assurance, the son of a COVID-19 patient checks if his father, who has a running bill of P1.4 million, is covered as well.

The Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital on March, 30, 2020, installs plastic dividers to separate health workers from patients as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't may wire workers their subsidy if employers remiss with requirements

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says employees of negligent businesses may submit their payroll directly to the government, to receive their P5,000 handout during the coronavirus lockdown

An empty EDSA from Estrella in Makati to Ortigas, Pasig on March 17, 2020 due to the suspension of public transportation under enhanced community quarantine. Stranded commuters have walk to head home. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

In Dinagat Islands, containment is key to coronavirus response

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:56 PM

Dinagat Islands focuses more on prevention, as it tries to nip the spread of the new virus in the bud before it overburdens the provincial health care system

Photos from Dinagat Islands Provincial Information Office, Loreto Fire Station, San Jose Bureau of Fire Protection

Isolated San Juan Mayor Zamora assures the public he's okay

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Mayor Francis Zamora also assures residents that delivery of services, including the distribution of food packs, have not been disrupted

QUARANTINED. In this file photo, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora speaks to reporters after backing a recall petition in 2017. File photo by Rambo Talabong/

Bayanihan law report: Duterte yet to fully exercise special budget powers

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:42 PM

Mandatory reports are supposed to be submitted to Congress every Monday but the first report is received by senators on Tuesday at 12:40 am

OUTBREAK. The exodus of travellers to the provinces hopes to avoid the COVID-19 infection spreading in the Metro Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Eastern Visayas confirms 2nd case of coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:13 PM

The region's first case of coronavirus, a 51-year-old female from Northern Samar, records two consecutive negative tests. She is ready for discharge.

REFERRAL HOSPITAL. The old Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City turns into a referral hospital for Covid-19 patients. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Worst-case scenario: PH economy may contract 0.5%, says World Bank

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:40 PM

A drastic slowdown in domestic consumption, public infrastructure delays, and postponement of private investments due to the coronavirus are seen to drag down growth in 2020

Gov't to finalize guidelines on extension, expansion, or lifting of Luzon lockdown

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:33 PM

The Inter-Agency Task Force directs its technical working group to finalize the guidelines amid speculation that the lockdown would be extended for 60 days

CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE. Policemen at the Susana Heights-SLEX exit check body temperatures and identification cards of commuters entering Metro Manila on March 16, 2020. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DOH reports 2nd coronavirus death in Western Visayas

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The 70-year-old male patient was from Lambunao, Iloilo

ROAD DISINFECTION. An Iloilo City employee douses disinfectant solution on a road and vehicles in Iloilo City to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease. Phoro from the Iloilo City Government Facebook page

'What's the plan?' PH celebrities are done with Duterte's tardiness, lack of details

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The country's celebrities express disappointment after President Rodrigo Duterte's address to the nation airs hours later than promised and is devoid of any real detail

Duterte draws flak after saying frontliners 'lucky to die' for PH

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:43 AM

'It would be an honor to die for your country, I assure you,' says President Duterte of medical personnel who are now part of the mounting coronavirus death toll. Netizens say they died because of lack of government preparation.

BATTLING CORONAVIRUS. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorizate patients on March 29, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ADVISORIES: Coronavirus Outbreak Response | March 31, 2020

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Bookmark this page for March 31 advisories on services, schedules, and other activities as local governments, businesses, institutions, and organizations respond to the coronavirus crisis

5-year-old girl is Nueva Vizcaya’s third coronavirus case

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:46 AM

The patient is the youngest confirmed case in Region 2

Bacolod man, Western Visayas’ first COVID-19 case, now fully recovered

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The patient's 28-year-old son, however, remains in a hospital in Bacolod City after testing positive for the coronavirus

Duterte: Takeover of private businesses ‘only when absolutely necessary’

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:39 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has delegated much of his special powers to his Cabinet, but ‘reserves strictly to himself’ the authority to take charge of private establishments

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on March 30, 2020. Malacañang Photo

Angara says he's recovering from coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Senator Sonny Angara says he's 'okay and been taking a lot of medicine'

RECOVERING. Senator Sonny Angara is recovering from coronavirus. File photo from Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte threatens to send to jail officials who fail to deliver coronavirus aid

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:23 AM

The President tells all officials tasked to distribute food, relief goods, and money to do so 'to a tee,' saying he will not overlook errors committed

PRESIDENT'S THREATS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers an address on the coronavirus disease on March 30, 2020. Malacañang photo

Marikina reveals new location for proposed coronavirus testing center

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:03 AM

'In terms of location, mukhang ito ang suitable na sinasabi nila (DOH),' says Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro

NEW LOCATION. A newly-built two-story building will house the city's proposed coronavirus testing center. Photo from Marikina LGU

Pasig reports 41 total coronavirus cases, 7 deaths

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The city confirms 8 more coronavirus cases, 4 more deaths, and 5 more recoveries since March 26

DRONE SPRAYER. Pasig City health workers disinfect roads using drone sprayers on March 19, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrique/Rappler

Cebu City councilor wants new anti-discrimination ordinance to include frontliners

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:45 PM

The Cebu provincial government also threatens to file cases against those who would harass and discriminate health workers battling the spread of the novel coronavirus

CHECKPOINT. Workers take public tranpsortation while Cebu City is under quarantine. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Pangasinan's female artists hold online fundraising exhibit for medical workers

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Proceeds from the Sarag Mi 2020: An Online Group Exhibit will be used to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the medical front line workers of Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC)

PH coronavirus watch: Confirmed cases per hospital, as of March 30, 2020

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 30, 2020

The Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital on March, 30, 2020, installs plastic dividers to separate health workers from patients as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Please, my son is sick': Desperate pleas for Filipinos onboard 'virus ship'

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Filipino crew onboard cruise ship Zaandam tell their worried relatives they're getting sick, but there is nothing they can do but wait

HELP. Passengers are seen onboard Holland America's cruise ship Zaandam as it entered the Panama City bay to be assisted by the Rotterdam cruise ship with supplies, personnel, and COVID-19 testing devices, 8 miles off the coast of Panama City, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Ivan Pisarenko/AFP

DPWH eyes converting 4 convention, sports centers into health facilities

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:05 PM

The 4 public buildings being eyed as temporary health facilities could take on 2,905 patients, says Public Works Secretary Mark Villar

HEALTH FACILITY. The Philippine International Convention Center is among those eyed to be converted into a health facility. Photo from PICC Facebook page

93-year-old Tarlac man succumbs to coronavirus disease

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:04 PM

(UPDATED) A resident of Barangay San Nicolas, Bamban, Tarlac, he was still classified as a patient under investigation (PUI) at the time of his death

Davao City coronavirus cases jump to 40

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:18 PM

Mayor Sara Duterte says that there has been local transmission in Davao City and that a declaration of an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was imminent

Task Force Davao personnel checks on motorists at a security checkpoint in Lasang, Davao City while the People's Park and San Pedro Catheral are closed to the public as the city undergoes community quarantine on March 16, 2020. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Satellite image shows Chinese military plane on Kagitingan Reef

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The routine presence of Chinese military assets shows Beijing's continuing dominance in the West Philippine Sea

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

DOH acquires P1.8 billion worth of PPEs for health workers

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:59 PM

While priority will be given to health workers in public hospitals, the Department of Health says it will also allocate personal protective equipment for those in private hospitals

The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office demonstrates to barangay first responders how to use the protective gear properly in case COVID-19 hit their barangays during doffing of personal protective equipment on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH asks for respirators, ventilators amid rising coronavirus cases in PH

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The Department of Health says ventilators and respirators will be needed to treat severe cases of the coronavirus

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorizate patients on March 29, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

San Miguel to buy P500 million worth of protective wear for health workers

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:35 PM

San Miguel Corporation president Ramon Ang also urges local companies to retool their facilities and produce personal protective equipment

Pangasinan coronavirus cases climb to 15

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Provincial health officer Dr. Anna de Guzman says that medical certificates are now required for anyone who wants to enter the provincial border, in addition to the quarantine pass

13 more Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus, 5 new deaths recorded

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:57 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs counts a total of 348 Filipinos infected with the novel coronavirus disease, mostly in Europe

CASES RISE. A nurse attends to a coronavirus patient in the intensive care unit of Hopital Bichat AP-HP in Paris on March 13, 2020. Photo by Anne Chaon/AFP

How Filipino athletes are pitching in to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:51 PM

Filipino athletes and coaches spearhead initiatives to support frontliners battling the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country

SUBSIDY PACKAGES. The Nieto family mobilizes food and medical supplies donations in the municipality of Cainta, Rizal. Photo from Matt Nieto's Facebook

PH kits for 120,000 coronavirus tests available by April 4

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The DOST and the UP National Institutes of Health Project will prioritize 1,300 kits – good for 26,000 tests – to be distributed to 6 hospitals in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao

TEST KITS. File photo of test kits for the novel coronavirus disease

DOJ sticks to arrest policy, but rolls out electronic inquest

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:23 PM

There are calls to be lenient and just allow violators to go home after booking them because of lack of suitable jails

VIOLATORS. 120 adults and 15 minors sit in a social distancing manner after they were apprehended by patrolling police for violating the curfew of the enhanced community quarantine at Barangay Batasan in Quezon City on Monday midnight, March 23. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Swiss, German travelers reportedly enter Cebu despite province-wide lockdown

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Citing her sources, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says that the foreigners landed in the general aviation area of the Cebu-Mactan International Airport. They later checked in at two hotels in Mactan.

24-HOUR QUARANTINE. Governor Gwendolyn Garcia meets with local officials on response to the novel coronavirus. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

Senators ask gov't about its plan after passage of special powers law

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:18 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson warns against delays in the release of cash to low-income households, saying this could drive families to desperation

CHECKPOINT. Police officers stop vehicles at a checkpoint in Balintawak, Quezon City to check on their temperatures during the start of the community quarantine on March 15, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Grab provides free e-scooter service to frontliners

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The GrabWheels service is initially available in 7 cities in Metro Manila

FREE SERVICE. Grab rolls out GrabWheels for frontliners. File photo from the Department of Tourism

[OPINION] A letter to the men and women behind paid trolls in the Philippines

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The very least you can feel about all of this is a huge and crushing regret, and a conviction never to take on the job of chief disinformation architect ever again

Vivant Corporation CEO Dennis Garcia dies of coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Vivant Corporation says Dennis Garcia, 70, died on the same day that his coronavirus test results were released

EXECUTIVE. Dennis Garcia of Vivant Corporation dies of complications from COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Vivant Corporation