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55 more Filipinos abroad hit by coronavirus; total rises to 335

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Majority of the new cases are seen in the Asia Pacific, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

VIRUS. This transmission electron microscope image shows the novel coronavirus. Photo from NIAID-RML

DFA: Over 4,000 Filipino crew of cruise ships to be repatriated

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:13 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the repatriates include 530 crew members of cruise ships Costa Favolosa and Costa Magica. They will arrive in the country on Sunday, March 29.

CRUISE SHIPS. The Costa Favolosa (right) and MSC Divina (left) are seen off the coast of Miami, Florida, on March 26, 2020. Reports said Costa ships Favolosa and the Magica are anchored off the coast of Miami with approximately 30 people experiencing flu-like symptoms. Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images/AFP

31 more Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus; total at 203

Mar 26, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Majority of the cases are found in Europe, where 21 more Filipinos contracted the novel coronavirus disease

VIRUS. This transmission electron microscope image shows the novel coronavirus. Photo from NIAID-RML

3 more Filipinos abroad hit by coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 6:49 PM

New cases are recorded in the Asia Pacific and Europe

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

Number of coronavirus-positive Filipinos abroad climbs to 169

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:40 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs records 169 cases across 25 countries, with 2 deaths and 90 recoveries

TRAVEL PLANS. Passengers flock the ticketing office of Cebu Pacific to schedule flights at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Travel restrictions leave over 4,000 tourists stranded in PH

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:10 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says a proposed solution being considered is to observe a 24-hour window 'until the last foreign tourist is out'

DESERTED. The usually bustling Rizal Park in Manila is temporarily closed for visitors while the Luzon lockdown remains in place until April 12, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DFA to donors: Ensure test kits, equipment are FDA-approved

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:17 PM

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay says this will ensure the quick release of the donations at the Bureau of Customs

TEST KIT. A COVID-19 test kit at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, on March 18, 2020. Phot by Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Entry ban, visa suspension on foreigners won't affect those already in PH – DFA

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:45 AM

Visas of Filipinos’ foreign spouses and children, accredited foreign government and international organization officials, as well as their dependents, remain valid

NEW RESTRICTIONS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 on March 19, 2020, after the government says foreigners may leave the country anytime during the Luzon lockdown. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DFA halts processing of passport applications in Luzon

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:32 PM

In the Visayas and Mindanao, DFA consular offices will operate with skeleton workforces, and will accommodate only applicants with urgent consular needs, such as overseas Filipino workers and those with medical emergencies

DFA limits consular services to 'urgent needs' during Metro Manila lockdown

Mar 14, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Applicants with confirmed passport appointments from March 9 to April 14 will be accommodated after the quarantine period ends

DFA advises Filipinos to avoid non-essential travel to Israel

Mar 13, 2020 - 5:39 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs issues the reminder and adds Filipinos with essential trips will need to get clearance from the Israeli Ministry of Interior before flying out

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. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Filipino diplomat at U.N. tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) The diplomat is said to be the first known COVID-19 case at the United Nations in New York

CORONAVIRUS PATIENT. This file photo shows the General Assembly hall in the United Nations' headquarters in New York. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

PH hits China, Malaysia claims in West Philippine Sea

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:54 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs quietly files diplomatic notes at the United Nations asserting its claims in the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE WATERS. A Philippine flag is flown on a boat off the waters near the coast of Occidental Mindoro in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

5th Filipino in Hong Kong tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 10, 2020 - 8:56 PM

The patient is confined in a quarantine facility in Hong Kong and is said to be asymptomatic

PREVENTIVE MEASURE. In this photo, a man gets his temperature taken in the bustling district of Mongkok in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

6 Filipinos infected with coronavirus on cruise ship in U.S.

Mar 10, 2020 - 3:54 PM

A Department of Health official confirms 6 Filipinos aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE. The Grand Princess cruise ship will dock in Oakland, California, where more of tis 3,533 passengers will be tested for the 2019 novel coronavirus. Handout photo by Carolyn Wright/AFP

First Filipino coronavirus patient in Hong Kong discharged

Mar 10, 2020 - 1:42 PM

The other 3 Filipinos infected with the novel coronavirus remain confined in hospitals

Cook Islands bans travelers from PH, 13 other countries over coronavirus scare

Mar 09, 2020 - 2:11 PM

The island country will refuse entry of passengers who visited these 14 countries, including the Philippines, within the last 14 days

TRAVEL BAN DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Tapuaetai or One Foot Island is part of Cook Islands, an island country in the South Pacific Ocean. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

2 Filipinos catch coronavirus in Lebanon

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:20 PM

This means a total of 91 Filipinos based outside the Philippines have been infected with the novel coronavirus as of March 9, 2020

PRECAUTION VS CORONAVIRUS. Sanitary workers disinfect Beirut's public park on March 5, 2020.Photo by AFP

163 Filipinos repatriated from Macau arrive in Manila

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:03 AM

(UPDATED) The Filipino repatriates, who are considered persons-under-monitoring, will go on home quarantine

HOME. Some of the Filipino repatriates from Macau arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 7, 2020. Screenshot from RTVM

DFA urges Filipinos to postpone Holy Land trips amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:27 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs issues the advisory in light of the Palestinian Authority's ban on tourist entries to the West Bank, Bethlehem, and Jericho; and Israel's ban on tourist entries to Bethlehem

CLOSED. People wearing masks visit the Church of the Nativity, revered as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on March 5, 2020. Photo by Musa Al Shaer/AFP

Saudi Arabia bans Filipino tourists over coronavirus outbreak

Mar 05, 2020 - 12:34 AM

But Filipinos with employment, work visit, business visit, and family visit visas will still be allowed to enter the Gulf state

PILGRIMS. Muslim worshippers wearing protective face masks walk in the sahn (mosque courtyard) surrounding the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on February 27, 2020. Photo by Haitham El-Tabei/AFP

Bello: 'No alarming unemployment rate' for OFWs amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 04, 2020 - 7:53 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says reports of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong who lost their jobs are 'isolated' cases

NOT ALARMED. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at a Senate hearing on the government's preparedness measures in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus on February 4, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In Hong Kong, Filipino domestic workers lose jobs over coronavirus outbreak

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:30 PM

At least 35 Filipino domestic workers have been fired by their employers, says Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Administrator Hans Cacdac

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during the Lunar New public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

DFA to repatriate 148 Filipinos from Macau amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration also says it will repatriate 48 active members from the area

MACAU. A man wears a facemask as he walks along the waterfront in the background of city's skyline in Macau on January 30, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Philippines to Saudi Arabia: Clarify scope of your coronavirus travel ban

Mar 02, 2020 - 4:47 PM

DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez says the agency is also bringing cases of Filipinos negatively affected by travel restrictions to the attention of Saudi Arabia

PILGRIMS. Muslim worshippers wearing protective face masks walk in the sahn (mosque courtyard) surrounding the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on February 27, 2020. Photo by Haitham El-Tabei/AFP

House leader surprised to be barred from Saudi due to virus travel ban

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:07 AM

'To my knowledge government functionaries on official trips are not covered by this ban...I am a government official traveling with a diplomatic passport and a travel authority,' says Abante

PH LEADERS. House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr (R) sits beside President Rodrigo Duterte (L) during the celebration of the 120-year presence of the Baptist Churches in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on January 16, 2020. File photo by Valerie Escalera/Presidential Photo

445 Filipinos from virus-hit Japan cruise ship now back in PH

Feb 26, 2020 - 12:06 AM

(UPDATED) The repatriates will be quarantined at the New Clark City Athletes' Village for 14 days to check for possible novel coronavirus infection

FINALLY HOME. The Philippine Airlines plane caryying the first batch of Filipino repatriates from M/V Diamond Princess arrives in Clark Airbase on February 25, 2020. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Filipinos who caught virus on Japan ship rise to 80 as repatriation begins

Feb 25, 2020 - 7:26 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says 10 of the 80 Filipinos have since recovered and were already discharged from hospitals

GOING HOME. Filipinos onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, are screened for symptoms of COVID-19 as they disembark and prepare for repatriation. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

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

DFA advises Filipinos to 'delay non-essential travel' to South Korea

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:20 PM

There is currently no ban on Filipinos traveling to South Korea, but the Department of Foreign Affairs recommends delaying trips 'as a precaution' amid the novel coronavirus outbreak

People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on February 23, 2020. - South Korea reported two additional deaths from coronavirus and 123 more cases on February 23, with nearly two thirds of the new patients connected to a religious sect. The national toll of 556 cases is now the second-highest outside of China. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Filipino in Singapore tests positive for coronavirus

Feb 23, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Filipino patient is now in isolation at Singapore's National Centre for Infectious Diseases, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

VIRUS SCARE. Visitors, wearing protective face masks, walk along the Jubilee Bridge in Singapore on February 17, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

3 more Filipinos in Japan cruise ship infected with novel coronavirus – DFA

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:47 PM

This brings the total number of Filipino passengers who got infected with the novel coronavirus to 44

ADDITIONAL CASES. People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 10, 2020. File photo by Charly Triballeu/AFP

Can Duterte order PH withdrawal from UNCLOS? 'Theoretically, yes,' says DFA

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:11 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Philippines is party to many important treaties whose fate 'cannot be left to one man no matter how brilliant'

DUTERTE CAN. Foreign Assistant Secretary Igor Bailen of the Office of Tresties and Legal Affairs of the Deparment of Foreign Affairs says the President can terminate treaties on his own on February 20, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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

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

PH gov't sends care packages to Filipinos quarantined on Japan cruise ship

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:25 PM

DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez says the Philippine government would help Filipino passengers if they request to be repatriated

QUARANTINED. Passengers look out from their balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where around 3,600 passengers are still quarantined due to COVID-19. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

WATCH: 'We're on the side of truth,' says ABS-CBN exec on franchise renewal

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:29 PM

ABS-CBN executives, rights groups, and supporters attend a protest on Valentine's Day to call for the renewal of the network's franchise

ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Wearing red and chanting defend press freedom, they signed petitions and urged motorist to honk their horns as they passed by. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Idlib displacement worst since start of Syria war – U.N.

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:23 PM

'In just 10 weeks, since 1 December, some 690,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Idlib and surrounding areas,' says the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

INTERNALLY DISPLACED. A truck loaded with a family's belongings drives on the outskirts of the town of Deir Ballut as Syrians fleeing air strikes by pro-regime forces on rebel-held areas of the Idlib province head toward safer zones near the Turkish border, on February 6, 2020. File photo by Rami al Sayed/AFP

LOOK: DFA delivers relief goods to Filipinos in Wuhan

Feb 08, 2020 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) China's Wuhan City is currently on lockdown in an effort to quell the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus

RELIEF. As Wuhan City remains on lockdown, Filipino residents face travel restrictions limiting their movement. All photos from the Department of Foreign Affairs

PH expands visa suspension for travelers from China, Hong Kong, Macau

Feb 02, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The Philippines temporarily stops issuing visas to foreigners coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

A screen showing the body temperatures of arriving passengers is seen at a health monitoring station as a precautionary measure to protect against the possible spread of a SARS-like virus outbreak at Hong Kong International Airport ahead of the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. - Hong Kong has turned two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who may have come into contact with carriers of the Wuhan virus, officials announced on January 23. The international financial hub has been on high alert for the virus, which has killed 17 people since the outbreak started in central China. (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP)

Philippines calls for repatriation of Filipinos in China over coronavirus fears

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:49 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says Filipinos from Wuhan and Hubei province – ground zero for the virus – will be prioritized in its first batch of repatriates

AIRPORT WATCH. 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. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LIST: What Filipinos in China can do amid coronavirus scare

Jan 30, 2020 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs provides hotline numbers and a list of hospitals to go to for medical treatment if needed

2019 CORONAVIRUS. Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during the Lunar New public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Philippines to create coronavirus hotline for Filipinos in China

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:59 PM

The dedicated hotline will provide accurate and timely information to Filipinos on Chinese social media and messaging platform WeChat

HOTLINE. People wear protective masks as they walk outside a shopping mall in Beijing on January 23, 2020. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Lawmakers hit VFA termination, urge DFA to give Duterte 'sound' advice

Jan 29, 2020 - 6:30 PM

'Are we going to sacrifice the gains that we have made with the US-Philippine relationship just because of the cancellation of the visa of one senator?' asks Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

BALIKATAN. Philippine and US soldiers hold an amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise in Zambales on April 11, 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

PH suspends visa issuance for travelers from Hubei over coronavirus scare

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:31 AM

The latest directive widens the scope of restrictions taken by the Philippine government to manage the novel coronavirus situation in the country

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

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

DFA convenes emergency meeting on global spread of coronavirus

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs gives assurances its embassy and consulates general in China are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak

TAKE CAUTION. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors  passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of  the 2010 novel coronavirus from China was spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Repatriated OFWs from Middle East may be redeployed to other countries – DOLE

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also admits its difficulty in convincing OFWs in the Middle East to come home, as their top concern remains to be job security

REPATRIATION. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs repatriated from the Middle East may be sent to other countries to work instead. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler