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China asks recovered patients to donate plasma for virus treatment

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:08 AM

Plasma from patients who have recovered from a spell of pneumonia triggered by COVID-19 contains antibodies that can help reduce the virus load in critically ill patients

DONOR. A man who has recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus infection donating plasma in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by STR/AFP

Coronavirus death toll passes 1,800 – gov't

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:13 AM

The health commission also reports 1,807 new cases, a smaller number of infections compared to those declared on Monday

STATION. People wearing protective masks walk outside Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 22, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

UAE confirms ninth coronavirus case

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:49 AM

A 37-year-old Chinese was diagnosed during a routine check-up, says the government-run Emirates News Agency

BURJ. Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Taiwan embraces cute mascots for virus prevention campaign

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:52 AM

The foreign ministry rolls out a pigeon in a face mask to announce entry restrictions on foreigners

MASCOT. This photo illustration taken on February 14, 2020 shows a man pointing to a webpage from Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Facebook account. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Armed gang steals toilet rolls in panic-buying hit Hong Kong

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:29 AM

'A delivery man was threatened by 3 knife-wielding men who took toilet paper worth more than HK$1,000 ($130),' a police spokesman says

EMPTY. Shoppers wearing protective facemasks walk past bare supermarket shelves, usually stocked with toilet paper and kitchen rolls, in Hong Kong on February 6, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Infected passengers aboard U.S. evacuation flights as China virus toll mounts

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:31 AM

(UPDATED) More than 300 passengers are transferred onto coaches via a makeshift passport control and loaded onto two planes heading for air bases in California and Texas

A bus with a driver wearing full protective gear departs from the dockside next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Coronavirus cases pass 70,000 as WHO mission begins

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says the government must 'increase use of police force' during the crisis

ISOLATION. A doctor works inside an isolation ward at a hospital in Wuhan on January 30, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

16 more Filipinos infected on Japan cruise ship

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:29 AM

This brings the total number of infected Filipinos onboard to 27

CRUISE. A Japanese Self-Defense Forces Health Corps vehicle enters a cordoned-off area at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored, in Yokohama on February 7, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Coronavirus toll reaches 1,765 – gov't

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:30 AM

At least 70,400 people are now infected in China

SOLO. A woman wearing a face mask travels on a ferry in Hong Kong on February 5, 2020, as a preventative measure following a virus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Tokyo holds Olympic torch rehearsal as specter of virus looms

Feb 15, 2020 - 10:49 PM

It's still all systems go for Tokyo even as fears over the coronavirus epidemic cast a dark shadow on Japan's Olympic hosting

OLYMPIC LIGHT. Torchbearers like actress Satomi Ishihara (right), one of the official ambassadors of the Tokyo 2020 torch relay, participate in a run-through in Tokyo on February 15, 2020. Photo by STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP

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

WHO says not advising on whether to hold Tokyo Olympics

Feb 15, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, officials of the World Health Organization say it's not their decision to call off major events like the Olympics

BIG DAY. Picturesque Tokyo, here with its cherry blossoms, is set to host the Olympics in July. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA=EFE

China virus death toll nears 1,400, 6 health workers among victims

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 64,000 people are now recorded as having fallen ill from the virus in China, with officials revealing that 1,716 health workers have been infected as of Tuesday, February 11

WUHAN STRONG. This photo taken on February 13, 2020 shows a train attendant gesturing to medical staff leaving for Wuhan in Nanchang, China's central Jiangxi province. Photo by STR/AFP

Love boat: Valentine's Day on a coronavirus quarantine cruise

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:26 AM

One passenger cuts out paper hearts and leaves them on her door for the crew to read, with messages including: 'Thank you for all your hard work' and 'Thank you for taking care of us'

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

Cruise passengers land after 2 weeks at sea over virus fears

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:52 AM

'Cambodia does this because Cambodia pays more attention to human rights,' says Cambodia's strongman premier Hun Sen

LANDED. Passengers on board the Westerdam cruise ship wave in Sihanoukville on February 14, 2020, where the liner on February 13 docked after being refused entry at other Asian ports due to fears of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

White House 'disappointed' in China's virus transparency

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:41 AM

'We're more than willing to work with the UN (and) WHO on this and they won't let us,' says Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council

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

Coronavirus death toll nears 1,500 but new cases fall

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:18 AM

The central province's health commission reports 116 more deaths and 4,823 new cases, the majority involving 'clinically diagnosed' patients

BEDS. Workers set up beds at an exhibition center that was converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 4, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Tokyo Olympics boss blasts 'irresponsible rumors' over virus shutdown

Feb 13, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Amid coronavirus concerns, Tokyo Olympics organizers say they're 'not considering postponing' the 2020 Games

This picture shows the Olympic Rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium, still under construction, in Tokyo on July 23, 2019, nearly one year before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

China removes party chief of virus epicenter province

Feb 13, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Jiang's removal comes after Hubei's two most senior health officials were sacked Monday

OUT. Jiang Chaoliang, Hubei's party secretary, will be replaced by Shanghai mayor Ying Yong. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Beijing mobilizes masses in 'people's war' against coronavirus

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:27 AM

'Those who do not declare their fever are enemies,' proclaims a banner on a building in Yunmeng

XI. A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind a statue of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China transparent in virus response – U.N. envoy

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Anger erupted in China this month after the death of a doctor in Wuhan, whom police silenced when he flagged the emerging virus in December

ROUNDS. This photo taken on February 3, 2020 shows medical staff members on their rounds at a quarantine zone in Wuhan. Photo by STR/AFP

Pope prays for coronavirus victims

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:37 AM

'A prayer goes to our Chinese brothers and sisters who are suffering from such a cruel disease,' the pontiff says

BLESSED. An attendee kisses the hand of Pope Francis during the weekly general audience on February 12, 2020 at Paul-VI hall in the Vatican. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:16 AM

(UPDATED) The huge jump comes as local officials said they were changing the way they diagnose COVID-19 cases

SIGN. A man wearing a protective face mask walks along a street in Wuhan on January 26, 2020, a city at the epicenter of a viral outbreak. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

U.S. health authority shipped faulty coronavirus test kits across country

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:40 AM

According to lab reports, the kits are returning inconclusive results

SAMPLE. A laborant at the State Health Authorities of Baden-Wuerttemberg works on a test sample of a suspected case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Stuttgart, sothern Germany on January 29, 2020. Photo by Marijan Murat/AFP

WHO says 'way too early' to predict end of novel coronavirus

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:19 AM

'I think we will find a vaccine. It will take some time. A vaccine cannot be made overnight,' WHO's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan says

FACES. Commuters wearing face masks ride a metro train in Tokyo on February 8, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Mobile World Congress canceled over coronavirus fears

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:09 AM

A source close to the event says that organizers were wary of being left with a cancelation bill of about 100 million euros ($110 million)

CANCELED. A worker cleans glass doors at the Mobile World Congress MWC venue on February 12, 2020 at the Fira Barcelona Montjuic centre in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Time to prepare for possibility of wider coronavirus transmission in PH

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:44 PM

'I understand why people are worried, as this is a new disease and there is much we still don’t know. The best thing we can do is to be prepared.'

WATCH: DOH updates on 2019 novel coronavirus

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Bookmark this page for updates from the Department of Health on the novel coronavirus

NCOV BRIEFING. Health Sec. Francisco Duque III with WHO Country Represenattive Dr. Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on January 21, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

39 more onboard Japan cruise ship have new coronavirus – minister

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'We have confirmed that 4 people, among those who are hospitalized, are in a serious condition, either on a ventilator or in an intensive care unit,' the minister says

STUCK. A passenger aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship waves to the media upon arriving at Yokohama port on February 6, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

China virus death toll tops 1,100 as new cases fall

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) Another 97 people died in China, raising the national toll to 1,113, while more than 44,600 people have now been infected by the newly named COVID-19.

MARKET. This photo taken on February 9, 2020 shows people wearing protective masks buying meat in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province. Photo by STR/AFP

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

382 patients probed for novel coronavirus in PH

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Outside the Philippines, 6 Filipinos are confirmed to have the virus

TEST. Fans of Kpop group Seventeen wear face masks to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus while on queue to see the concert of their favourite Kpop at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday, February 8. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No evidence of airborne coronavirus transmission – WHO official

Feb 11, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The World Health Organization says that based on current evidence, the 2019 novel coronavirus is transmitted either via droplets or close contact

WHO OFFICIAL. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and World Health Organization Rabindra Abeyasinghe confirm the first case of Novel Coronavirus in the country during press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

Trump expects coronavirus crisis to 'go away' in April

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Trump's prognosis is at odds with top US health officials

THUMBS UP. US president Donald Trump flanked by her daughter White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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

From Singapore to UK via the Alps: How one man spread coronavirus

Feb 11, 2020 - 8:26 AM

The man has never set foot in the epicenter of the outbreak in China

PREPS. Two men ready an ambulance outside the Son Espases University Hospital in Palma de Mallorca where a British man has been diagnosed with coronavirus, on February 9, 2020. Photo by AFP

73-year-old woman is first to recover from coronavirus infection in UAE

Feb 11, 2020 - 8:09 AM

'This case of the Chinese lady increases hope that other discovered cases in the UAE can also be fully recovered,' says a health ministry official

RECOVERY. The United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Health and Prevention says  Liu Yujia has ‘recovered fully and can carry on with life normally.’ Photo from WAM/Twitter

China virus death toll passes 1,000

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:34 AM

(UPDATED) Another 108 deaths are reported – the first triple-digit rise since the virus emerged

Small businesses suffer in China as novel coronavirus shuts communities

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:55 PM

As the novel coronavirus claims more lives and infects thousands of people every day, it is also taking a toll on China's small businesses

This photo taken on February 7, 2020 shows a closed restaurant opposite a section of the Great Wall of China at Huanghuacheng, north of Beijing. - As the virus claims more lives and infects thousands of people every day, it is also taking a toll on the country's small businesses that rely on spending from China's growing middle-class. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-health-virus-economy,FOCUS by Beiyi Seow

China inflation rises as coronavirus disrupts supply chains

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Consumer prices in China increase at their highest rate since October 2011, partly due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

This photo taken on February 9, 2020 shows people wearing protective masks buying meat in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province. - China consumer prices rose at their highest rate in more than eight years, official data showed February 10, with inflation more than expected on the back of Lunar New Year demand and a deadly virus outbreak. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Duterte: Military to instill order if coronavirus outbreak becomes pandemic

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:28 PM

Duterte also says that while the government was 'on top' of the coronavirus threat, doctors should work double-time to find a virus cure

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials at the Malacañang Palace on February 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

Coronavirus chaos ravages Asia's sporting calendar

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Among the cancelled events due to the novel coronavirus outbreak are golf's HSBC Women's World Champions and LPGA Thailand

CANCELLED. The HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore will not take place. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

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

Can you carry the 2019-nCoV but not show symptoms?

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:01 PM

Asymptomatic patients may pass on the virus to others, but it's unlikely that this is the main driver of the spread of the 2019-nCoV

First novel coronavirus patient in the Philippines recovers

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The patient, a 38-year-old woman who had traveled from Wuhan, China, has been discharged from the hospital

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

4 more Filipinos on Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the 5 Filipino crew members who have the novel coronavirus are being treated in hospitals in Japan

QUARANTINED. The 'Diamond Princess' cruise ship sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama, Japan, on February 4, 2020. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP