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Woman with no COVID-19 symptoms infects 5 relatives – report

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:02 PM

The study by Chinese scientists indicate new challenges for containing the 2019 novel coronavirus

COVID-19. This photo taken on January 25, 2020 shows medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly COVID-2019 coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP

CBCP suggests sprinkling of ashes on head on Ash Wednesday

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:44 PM

The bishops' conference releases additional guidelines for Lenten season amid COVID-19 epidemic, including no touching of the cross

DEVOTION. People wear face mask while praying after attending a mass at National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or Baclaran Church in Paranaque City on February 02, 2020 as precautionary measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

AirAsia offers lower airfares to boost PH tourism

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The travel period is from February 24 to September 30, 2020

DISCOUNTED. AirAsia flies to more than 80 destinations from Manila. AirAsia file photo

China says coronavirus vaccine trials to start around late April

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Public and private researchers around the world have been working to develop treatments and vaccines to combat the COVID-19 virus that first emerged in central China in December

TRADITIONAL MEDICINE. This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows a medical worker taking a prescription of traditional Chinese medicine at a hospital in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province. Photo by STR/AFP

Qantas cuts flights to Asia as coronavirus hits profits

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:55 PM

As the novel coronavirus outbreak hurts demand, Qantas reduces flights to Asia by 16% for at least 3 months

QANTAS. Photo from Qantas website

Cebu Pacific lowers fares as coronavirus hits tourism

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:40 AM

The budget airline reduces its base fare to as low as P88, as the Philippines is projected to lose billions of pesos due to travel bans

Fans barred from Singapore ONE Championship event over coronavirus

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:16 PM

ONE: King of the Jungle will be broadcast live on TV and digital platforms but will be closed to the public

SAFETY MEASURES. The title fight between Stamp Fairtex and Janet Todd will be held behind closed doors. Photo from

Organizers cancel Tokyo Marathon for 38,000 runners over coronavirus

Feb 18, 2020 - 1:59 PM

The Tokyo Marathon will be limited to elite runners following the cancellation of the amateur portion

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia resume flights to Taiwan after gov't lifts travel ban

Feb 15, 2020 - 12:17 AM

(UPDATED) Check the list of flights here

FLIGHTS RESUME. Flights between Manila and Taipei will now depart as scheduled after the travel ban on Taiwan was lifted. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Superliga postpones volleyball fans day amid coronavirus threat

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:49 PM

The Philippine Superliga says it’s heeding the government’s health advisory to avoid large gatherings to prevent the spread of the deadly virus

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas game in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers postponed

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Two other games are moved to a later date due to the threat of the novel coronavirus outbreak

GEARING UP. Vic Manuel and Gilas Pilipinas will have an extra couple of days to prepare and practice for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Sagada suspends eco-tourism activities due to coronavirus threat

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Mayor James Pooten says the suspension will be in effect indefinitely

Photo by Mia Gonzalez/Rappler

Panagbenga opening moved to late March as precaution vs coronavirus

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:04 PM

All towns in the Cordillera region have scrapped their festivals to avoid crowds, where the virus can easily spread

NEW SCHEDULE. The tourist-drawer Baguio Flower Festival or ‘Panagbenga’ will open with a grand parade on March 28, from its original February 1 schedule. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

UAAP Season 82 volleyball postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus threat

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The UAAP Season 82 second semester games will be postponed until further notice

POSTPONED. The Ateneo Lady Eagles will defend their UAAP Season 82 women's volleyball title. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UNKWN.Fiesta postponed amid Covid-19 outbreak

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:49 PM

Full ticket refunds run from February 12 to March 12

POSTPONED. Music festival UNKNWN.Fiesta is postponed amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Screenshot from

Asia's AFC Cup matches postponed over coronavirus

Feb 11, 2020 - 10:51 PM

The AFC Cup 2020 East Zone preliminary, playoff and group stage matches are postponed to April

POSTPONED. Hong Kong's Tai Po FC will see action starting April 7, 2020 due to the coronavirus threat. Photo from Tai Po FC website

Taiwan hits out at China virus travel bans

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Taiwan's foreign ministry says it is communicating with various governments to clarify that Taiwan 'is not part of the People's Republic of China'

NOT CHINA. People wearing protective face masks walk past a cat-shaped lantern during the lunar lanterns festival following the Lunar New Year in Taipei on February 8, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

UAAP 'still a go' amid coronavirus threat

Feb 11, 2020 - 2:33 PM

'As for the UAAP, as we speak, we are all systems go,' says executive director Rebo Saguisag

PUSHING THROUGH. UAAP volleyball action is slated to push through amid the novel coronavirus threat. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to Taiwan indefinitely after DOH confirms travel ban

Feb 11, 2020 - 8:36 AM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

MORE FLIGHTS CANCELED. After confirmation that Taiwan is included in the travel ban, Cebu Pacific cancels flights to and from Taipei effective February 11. Photo by Inoue Jaena/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.

PBA, D-League 2020 season opening postponed due to novel coronavirus

Feb 10, 2020 - 6:01 PM

The PBA says its fans, teams, players, and officials are its 'topmost priority' following the decision to delay the season

POSTPONED. Japeth Aguilar and the rest of PBA players will have an extended break due to delay of the 45th season. Photo from PBA Images

Araw ng Dabaw month-long activities canceled due to coronavirus outbreak

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:52 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says the city's health care facilities ‘have limitations’ and ‘we cannot possibly carry hundreds of sick individuals all at the same time’

CANCELLED. Mayor Sara Duterte announces 'with a heavy heart' the cancelation of activities for the 83rd Araw ng Davao, which was slated March 1-31, 2020. Screengrab from CIO video

U.S. embassy in PH denies suspending visa applications

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:37 PM

The US embassy in the Philippines refutes misinformation it revoked tourist visas due to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus and Duterte's threats to end the VFA

NO SUSPENSION. The US Embassy in Manila denies claims it would cancel tourist visas over the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak and President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement. File photo by AFP

Singapore Airshow hit by virus fears as 70 exhibitors pull out

Feb 09, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Organizers of Asia's biggest aviation event say the show will go on despite fears over the novel coronavirus

Members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force's Bayi Aerobatic Team fly J-10 performance aircraft as they take part in an aerial display during a media preview ahead of the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on February 9, 2020. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)

Big Bad Wolf releases safety guidelines in light of coronavirus outbreak

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:28 PM

The book sale starts on February 14

Batang Pinoy, other sports events postponed amid coronavirus threat

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:11 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission postpones several national sporting events as a 'safety measure' against the novel coronavirus

PREVENTIVE MEASURE. The PSC has canceled all sports gatherings and activities exceeding 40 people. File photo

Albay governor cancels Magayon Festival

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:56 PM

Governor Al Francis Bichara also creates a task force to prepare Albay from a possible 2019-nCoV outbreak

Albay gov. Al Francis Bichara orders cancellation of month long Magayon Festival set on April to prevent and retain Bicol from novel coronavirus.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

Mitch Albom Manila stop postponed

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The author's February 15 and 16 visit to Manila will be rescheduled to a later date

PMA alumni homecoming postponed because of novel coronavirus

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:54 AM

Originally set for February 14 and 15, the yearly event has been pushed back to February 22, says the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association

NO VISITORS. The Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City was closed to the general public for 3 weeks starting January 31 amid an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

K-pop group EXO's appearance at PH beauty brand event canceled

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:16 PM

Nature Republic Philippines says the group's appearance at a February 22 event will not push through due to the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus

MANILA CONCERT. EXO's 'Planet #5' show is heading to the SM Mall of Asia this weekend. Photo from EXO's Facebook page

Netflix Philippines cancels Lana Condor and Noah Centineo's Manila fan event

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Noah and Lana were supposed to hold a fan meet on February 15

PS I STILL LOVE YOU. Lana Condor and Noah Centineo return as Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky in the sequel to the hit film 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before.' Photo by Bettina Strauss/ Netflix

PNP Academy bans visits amid novel coronavirus scare

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Cops who wish to enter the camp should wear face masks and undergo a temperature check

NO VISITS. The Philippine National Police Academy headquarters, Camp Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite. Malacañang file photo

Cebu now under state of preparedness over novel coronavirus threat

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:01 PM

The Cebu provincial government designates 4 facilities to be used to quarantine Filipinos coming from mainland China

SIMULATION. Emergency responders in Cebu practice responding to a possible novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Swatch cancels Zurich trade show over China virus

Feb 04, 2020 - 8:05 PM

China is a key growth market for the Swatch Group, which owns a vast portfolio of brands ranging from FlikFlak to Harry Winston

CANCELLATION. Swatch's trade show is no longer pushing through due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Palaro still on, but DepEd postpones other events due to novel coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 4:59 PM

(UPDATED) The education department says only the National Schools Press Conference, the National Science and Technology Fair, and the National Festival of Talents are postponed

PALARO POSTPONED. Thousands of young athletes take their oath of sportsmanship and amateurism during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Palarong Pambansa led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex on April 28, 2019. Photo by Joey Dalumpines/Presiential photo

WHO reminder: Reserve face masks for coronavirus high-risk people, health workers

Feb 04, 2020 - 1:46 PM

World Health Organization country representative to the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe says face masks, when used by infected people, protect those who are not infected

PERPETUAL HELP. People wear face mask while attending a mass at National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or Baclaran Church in Paranaque City on February 02, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Novel coronavirus prompts Jollibee to close Yonghe King stores in Hubei

Feb 04, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Jollibee Foods Corporation temporarily padlocks 14 of its Yonghe King stores in Hubei. These represent 3.6% of its total store network across China.

Cruise ships to ban recent China visitors – global industry body

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Cruise Lines International Association says its members seek to prevent an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on board cruise ships, where infections can spread rapidly

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is docked in the Civitavecchia port 70km north of Rome on the evening of January 30, 2020, with more than 6,000 tourists on board. - Italy's health ministry said on January 30, 2020 that the two Chinese cruise ship passengers had tested negative for the coronavirus, meaning thousands of stranded passengers could disembark. Costa Cruises was offering to pay for food and hotels for some 1,140 people who had been due to disembark at the Civitavecchia port near Rome and the Costa Smeralda was to set sail again Friday, Italian media said. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

Crew of vessels from China not allowed to disembark in PH ports

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:55 PM

If a vessel came from any port in China and docks in the Philippines, its crew cannot get off. Visitation privileges of relatives of Filipino seafarers are also suspended.

NO DISEMBARKING. Due to the continuing outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the Philippine Ports Authority banned vessel crews that departed from China from disembarking at its ports. Photo from Marina FB page

Traveling amid coronavirus outbreak? Here's what you need to know

Feb 03, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Is it safe to travel? What health measures should be taken?

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia suspend China, Hong Kong, Macau flights

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The temporary travel ban enforced by the Philippine government due to the novel coronavirus outbreak prompts the airlines to cancel flights

Passengers, wearing protective facemasks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International airport on January 31, 2020. - The World Health Organization declared an international emergency after China's National Health Commission said nearly 8,000 people had been infected, and about 100 cases were reported outside China. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

China coronavirus outbreak: How governments have reacted

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:47 PM

From border closures to flight bans, here are some of the steps states have taken to limit the spread of the virus

OUTBREAK. Passengers grab their luggages as they disembark a Turkish cargo plane at the Etimesgut military Airport in Ankara on February 1, 2020, after being repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak. Adem Altan/AFP

Duterte expands ban on travelers from China, Hong Kong, Macau over coronavirus fears

Feb 02, 2020 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) Only Filipino citizens and permanent resident visa holders are exempt from the new travel restrictions, says Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea

OUTBREAK. Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

AirAsia cancels selected PH-China flights

Feb 01, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The airline says all affected guests will be promptly notified via email or SMS

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. In this file photo, 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  CANCELLED FLIGHTS. In this file photo, 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

Amid novel coronavirus outbreak, CCP cancels Pasinaya Open House Festival

Jan 31, 2020 - 8:34 PM

The festival, which features thousands of artists across all forms of art, was originally scheduled to run from February 7 to February 9

PASINAYA. The Cultural Center of the Philippines' annual Open House Festival is cancelled. Screenshot from

Baguio cancels Panagbenga opening, other big events due to coronavirus threat

Jan 31, 2020 - 1:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sunday openings of Session Road are also suspended for now

PANAGBENGA. While Mayor Benjamin Magalong has cancelled the opening of the Baguio flower festival on February 1, he's yet to do the same for the street parade from February 29 to March 1, 2020. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Transport staff to use face masks, provide sanitizers amid coronavirus spread

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:46 AM

The Department of Transportation and its attached agencies are mandating the use of face masks and the availability of sanitizers in transport hubs

CONTINUING OUTBREAK. Transport hubs are now tightening security and safety measures following the spread of the novel coronavirus to the Philippines. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S. tells Americans 'do not travel' to China because of coronavirus

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:40 AM

The State Department issues a level 4 warning – the highest level of alert

STOP. Passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Duterte bans travelers from Wuhan, Hubei as coronavirus spreads

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:47 AM

The ban will also cover other areas in China where the 2019 novel coronavirus has spread, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Twitter launches coronavirus search prompt to fight disinformation

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:40 AM

When users search for terms related to the 2019 novel coronavirus, a search prompt suggests looking into accounts of authoritative health sources in concerned countries