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How does COVID-19 compare to SARS and MERS?

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:05 PM

WHO says COVID-19 'appears not as deadly as other coronaviruses,' but the disease has already infected and killed more people than SARS and MERS combined

Hong Kong housing block evacuated after double virus find

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Residents are forced to leave in the early hours as health officials in masks and white overalls scramble to work out whether the virus had spread through the complex of some 3,000 people

EVACUATED. Medical personnel wearing protective suits wait 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. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

What we learned from SARS, according to ex-DOH chief Manuel Dayrit

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Rappler speaks to former health secretary Manuel Dayrit, who was known as the SARS czar when the disease hit China, Hong Kong, and other parts of the world in 2003

SURVEILLANCE. 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

Hong Kong reports first 'preliminary positive' case of new virus

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Health secretary Sophia Chan says the 39-year-old man was 'preliminarily positive,' but a final test result would only be known on January 23

MASKED UP. Young students wear face masks in the arrivals hall at Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020, after China recently confirmed human-to-human transmission in the outbreak of the new SARS-like virus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China virus death toll jumps to 17, officials say avoid epicenter city

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:56 AM

(4th UPDATE) China's National Health Commission announces measures to contain the disease – including sterilization and ventilation at airports and bus stations, as well as inside planes and trains

CONTAGION. This file photo taken on January 18, 2020 shows medical staff members carrying a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV: What we know so far

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:43 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The World Health Organization has declared the current 2019-nCoV situation in China a public health emergency of international concern

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Medical staff members carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 18, 2020. Photo by AFP

Australia testing first suspected case of Chinese virus

Jan 21, 2020 - 2:39 PM

Australia says it would introduce heightened medical screening for travellers arriving in Sydney from Wuhan

TIGHT SECURITY. File photo of the Sydney domestic airport on January 17, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

DOH probes suspected case of novel coronavirus in Cebu City

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the suspected case involves a 5-year-old Chinese boy who arrived in Cebu City from Wuhan, China

DOH PRESSER. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (right)with WHO Country Represenattive Dr Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media on January 21, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Asia steps up checks as China virus kills 6, infects nearly 300

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) Nations across the Asia-Pacific region step up checks of passengers at airports to detect the SARS-like coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan

A medical staff member walks outside the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 18, 2020. - The true scale of the outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like virus in China is likely far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up measures to prevent the disease from spreading. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

WHO to hold emergency meeting as SARS-like virus spreads in Asia

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) An 89-year-old man has become the fourth person to die from the virus in China, authorities say Tuesday

MYSTERY VIRUS. A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

What is coronavirus? New disease spreading in Asia revives SARS fears

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:16 AM

An expert says the fact that the virus had spread beyond China, to Japan and Thailand, was 'starting to make us fear that interhuman transmission is possible'

CLOSED. In this file photograph taken on January 12, 2020 a woman walks in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, where health authorities say a man who died from a respiratory illness had purchased goods from, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province. (Photo by Noel Celis/AFP)

China reports SARS-like virus spreads across country, nearly 140 new cases

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) A third person is confirmed to have died and 136 new cases are found over the weekend in Wuhan, taking the total number of people to have been diagnosed with the virus in China to 201

TREATMENT. Medical staff members carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 18, 2020. Photo by AFP

Experts warn over scale of China virus as U.S. airports start screening

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Scientists from the MRC Center for Global Infectious Disease Analysis say the number of cases in Wuhan, China was likely closer to 1,700 than the 45 earlier reported

MORE CASES? A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Japan reports case of mystery virus behind China outbreak

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:38 AM

The outbreak has caused alarm because the new virus is from the same family as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 349 people in mainland China and 299 in Hong Kong in 2002 and 2003

Workers are seen inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, capital of China's Hubei province on February 23, 2017. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP)

FALSE: 'SARS' case reported in clinic at Shangri-La Plaza

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:28 PM

The Department of Health flags the chain message as 'fake content'

China believes new virus behind mystery pneumonia outbreak

Jan 09, 2020 - 10:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The World Health Organization confirms the preliminary discovery of a new coronavirus

FIGHTING EPIDEMICS. Workers are seen inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, capital of China's Hubei province on February 23, 2017. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

China confirms more cases of mystery viral pneumonia

Jan 03, 2020 - 9:57 PM

Authorities are still in the process of identifying the cause of the infection, but 'influenza, avian influenza, adenovirus infection, and other common respiratory diseases' have been excluded

China probes pneumonia outbreak amid SARS fears – state media

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:26 PM

News of the pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan leads to speculation online that it might be linked to SARS

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International laws spell out duty to rescue persons at sea

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:19 AM

This duty 'can be considered as another side of the right to life, which every individual enjoys under human rights law,' according to a 2016 paper

Singapore may deny entry of unvaccinated foreign travellers

Jun 27, 2018 - 7:46 PM

The Singapore health ministry proposes giving authorities the power to turn back unvaccinated non-citizens to the country they came from

MERLION BY NIGHT. This photograph shows the Merlion statue lit up in front of the city skyline in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Tim SAR terus mencari nenek yang hilang sejak 31 Oktober

Nov 03, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Topi dan ceceran bekal nenek berusia 73 tahun itu ditemukan pada Kamis, 2 November 2017

'Government has to treat HIV as national emergency' – RITM doctor

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AIDS experts and persons with HIV ask government to enforce the treat all policy and provide medication to patients regardless of their infection stage

TESTING FOR HIV. A lab technician prepares samples for HIV testing. Photo courtesy Diana Mendoza

Rescue teams gear up for Disaster Responders' Challenge 2016

Nov 29, 2016 - 3:03 PM

A two day long challenge will test the capability and readiness of various disaster response team to save lives in times of crisis

Sempat hilang 5 hari, dua pendaki Semeru ditemukan selamat

May 24, 2016 - 11:16 PM

Lokasi ditemukan berada di luar jalur pendakian

Dua penumpang KM Marina Baru ditemukan dalam keadaan selamat

Dec 22, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Pencarian penumpang KM Marina dilakukan di perairan sekitar Pelabuhan Siwa

Tim SAR mengevakuasi salah seorang korban tenggelamnya KM Marina Baru 2B di Pelabuhan Lasusua Kolaka Utara, Sulawesi Tenggara, Senin, 21 Desember 2015. Tim SAR berhasil menemukan dua korban selamat, hari ini sehingga menambah korban selamat menjadi 39 orang dan tiga meninggal dunia dari 118 jumlah penumpang KM Marina Baru 2B yang tenggelam di Teluk Bone. Foto oleh Jojon/Antara

Sebagian identitas korban yang ditemukan sudah teridentifikasi

Dec 21, 2015 - 8:16 AM

Pencarian korban tenggelamnya KM Marina dilanjutkan pagi ini

Sejumlah warga dan tim SAR berusaha mengevakuasi salah seorang korban tenggelamnya KM Marina di Pelabuhan Tobaku Kolaka Utara, Sulawesi Tenggara, 20 Desember 2015. Hingga saat ini tim SAR telah berhasil mengevakuasi 36 penumpang, tiga diantaranya meninggal dunia. Foto oleh Sulaeman/Antara

Belasan pendaki masih bertahan di puncak Gunung Lawu

Oct 23, 2015 - 11:22 AM

Kalaupun Kalaupun masih ada pendaki di Gunung Lawu mereka diduga masih menjalani ritual dan dinilai kondisinya tidak berbahaya akibat kebakaran

GUNUNG LAWU. Pemandangan matahari terbit dan Gunung Lawu terlihat dari Gunung Merapi. Foto oleh Olivier Laban-Mattei/AFP

Needed: Large trucks for Typhoon Lando rescue teams

Oct 19, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Rescue teams need transport assistance to reach areas flooded by Typhoon Lando

HELP NEEDED. Filipino rescuers cross a bridge at an overflowing river in Cabanatuan city, northern Manila, Philippines, 19 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu triggered flash floods and landslides in the northern Philippines killing at least four people and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, officials said. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Indonesia wRap: 20 Mei 2015

May 20, 2015 - 7:00 AM

TNI AL akan tenggelamkan 41 kapal asing Debat Menteri ESDM dan SBY terus berlanjut Jenazah Eri Yunanto diangkat dari kawah Merapi

12 korban longsor Sukabumi sudah dievakuasi

Mar 30, 2015 - 8:53 PM

12 jenazah korban longsong berhasil dievakuasi tapi 290 penduduk masih mengungsi di sebuah gedung sekolah dasar

Tim SAR mengevakuasi jenazah yang tertimbun longsor di Desa Jemblung, Banjarnegara, Indonesia, 14 Desember 2014. Foto oleh EPA/Nugraha

Legacy of SARS in Asia offers lessons for Ebola fight

Nov 02, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Experts say the experience of dealing with these viruses stands Asia in generally good stead should it face an outbreak of Ebola which has yet to make it to the continent

This picture taken on March 11, 2013 shows a man working at a laboratory of Hong Kong University's Department of Microbiology at the Queen Mary hospital in Hong Kong. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Some PH hospitals not confident about Ebola detection

Oct 22, 2014 - 4:06 PM

Philippine Hospital Association president Jaime Almora says their hospitals only have the capability to do the initial screening of potential Ebola patients

EBOLA-FREE PH. Other health officials join Health Secretary Enrique Ona on October 22 during the Senate hearing on the Philippines' preparatios for Ebola. Photo by Mark Cristino

Philippines to start training health workers for Ebola

Oct 17, 2014 - 2:29 PM

UPDATED Weekly trainings will be given by experts in infectious diseases and Ebola

TRAIN HEALTH WORKERS. World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in the Philippines Dr Julie Hall speaks during a press conference on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at the Department of Health (DOH) office in Manila, Philippines, 17 October 2014. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

PH may send health workers to Ebola-hit countries

Oct 10, 2014 - 8:35 PM

Even without an official announcement from the health department about a dozen health workers have volunteered to be sent to West Africa

EXPERIENCE. Health Secretary Enrique Ona says it is important for the country's health workers to have direct experience in responding to Ebola Photo from the Department of Health

Scientists find compound to fight virus behind SARS and MERS

May 31, 2014 - 2:49 AM

Edward Trybala from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Volker Thiel from the University of Bern discovers a compound called K22 appearing to block MERS and SARS Both currently have no cure

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

OFW's co-passengers asked to check for MERS

Apr 17, 2014 - 8:08 PM

The 418 passengers will be asked if they have fever or flu like symptoms that might be signs of the sometimes fatal MERS

New Saudi cases lift MERS infections to 136: WHO

Oct 04, 2013 - 10:05 PM

The respiratory virus which appeared first in Saudi Arabia last year has killed 58 people worldwide 49 of them in the kingdom according to official Saudi figures and the World Health Organisation

Saudi man dies of MERS virus - ministry

Aug 26, 2013 - 7:11 AM

This brings the kingdom s death toll from the SARS like virus to 41 while two new cases are registered

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

Widest study highlights risks from MERS virus

Jul 26, 2013 - 9:52 AM

Study: Older patients men and people with underlying medical conditions are those particularly at risk

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

Saudi announces 4 new deaths from MERS virus

Jun 17, 2013 - 7:11 PM

Two people died in the western city of Taif and the other two were pronounced dead in Eastern Province where most cases have been registered

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

PH can't send doctors to Saudi amid virus threat

Jun 05, 2013 - 6:27 PM

Saudi Arabia hit by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome MERS Coronavirus does not allow freoign medical attachés to practice their profession there

DEADLY VIRUS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron miscroscope. Photo by AFP/British Health Protection Agency

Study warns of longer incubation for SARS-like virus

May 30, 2013 - 9:00 AM

The incubation period of the SARS like virus that has killed 27 people globally may be longer than previously thought requiring longer quarantine

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

WHO: Death toll from SARS-like virus hits 27

May 29, 2013 - 10:53 PM

The new virus was last week renamed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

WHO calls for calm amid France virus scare

May 14, 2013 - 9:06 AM

The coronavirus is a cousin of the virus that causes SARS

KEEP CALM. The World Health Organization calls for calm amid fears of a new virus.

SARS-like virus in Saudi has killed 15: minister

May 13, 2013 - 1:56 AM

Since the virus was first recorded in September 2012 there have been 34 cases reported worldwide and 18 of those have died

Second case of deadly SARS-like virus in France

May 12, 2013 - 10:27 AM

The latest victim of nCoV EMC in France now shares a hospital room with the first victim

SECOND CASE. France reports second citim of SARS-like virus.

France fears more cases of deadly SARS-like virus

May 10, 2013 - 7:01 AM

French health authorities said Thursday May 9 they feared the country s first case of a new SARS like virus may have infected two other people

DOH on the lookout for SARS-like virus

Feb 15, 2013 - 6:04 PM

The DOH reminds hospitals to report unusual pneumonia cases amid a new potentially fatal virus

'BEST PRACTICE.' DOH's Dr Eric Tayag says passing the RH bill is among the "best practices" to help fight HIV/AIDS. Photo by Ayee Macaraig