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PH coronavirus cases exceed 3,000, death toll hits 136

Apr 03, 2020 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health reports 385 new coronavirus cases in the country, and 29 more deaths – the biggest single-day increase in the COVID-19 death toll, so far

CHCECKPOINT. Barangay Health Workers conducts thermal scanning to motorists at a community quarantine checkpoint at the border of Malanday, Valenzuela and Meycauayan, Bulacan on March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases rise to 2,633, death toll now at 107

Apr 02, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Health reports 322 new coronavirus cases in the country, and 11 more deaths

DISINFECTION. Barangay workers in Malanday, Marikina City disinfect the community's depressed areas to control the spread of COVID-19 on March 20, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases climb to 2,311, death toll at 96

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Health reports 227 new coronavirus cases in the country, and one more patient who recovered from the disease, bringing the total recoveries to 50

DISINFECTION. Pasig City health workers disinfects its roads using drone sprays on March 19, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrique/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

PH coronavirus cases up by 128; total now 1,546

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:34 PM

The Department of Health also reports that 7 more patients have died from the novel coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 78

A DOH personnel checks body temperatures of motorists as policemen inspect their identification at a checkpoint along the boundary of Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Laguna during the start of the community quarantine on March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH confirms 96 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 803

Mar 27, 2020 - 4:48 PM

The Department of Health reports that 9 more patients died of the coronavirus disease, raising the death toll in the country to 54

A DOH personnel checks body temperatures of motorists as policemen inspect their identification at a checkpoint along the boundary of Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Laguna during the start of the community quarantine on March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Negros Occidental reminds frontliners not to solicit protective gear

Mar 27, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Negros Occidental's provincial administrator reminds staff of public hospitals that they may 'accept, but not solicit equipment and supplies'

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. Goggles, face masks, and gloves for protection against virus infection. Image from Shutterstock

DepEd official tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:49 AM

The patient attended the National Schools Press Conference and National Festival of Talents, which involved around 8,000 students

13 Filipino students repatriated from coronavirus-hit countries arrive in PH

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:29 AM

The Filipino students are repatriated from Japan, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom

Students wearing mask walk along Padre Faura Street in Manila on March 9, 2020. The Manila Local Government has suspended classes in Manila to make way for the cleansing and disinfection of schools to prevent the spread of covid-19 virus. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

RITM urges 'utmost diligence' in setting up coronavirus testing centers

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:57 PM

'Not all laboratories can be COVID-19 testing centers,' says RITM Director Celia Carlos amid offers from local governments and private laboratories to set up their own testing centers

Photo from RITM

PH coronavirus cases up by 71, bringing total to 707

Mar 26, 2020 - 4:38 PM

The Department of Health also reports 7 more deaths

DISINFECTION. City workers wearing protective suits disinfect a street, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease in Manila on March 19, 2020. Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP

PH coronavirus cases spike to 636, death toll hits 38

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:38 PM

The Department of Health also reports that 6 new patients have recovered from the virus

Motorists queue at a quarantine checkpoint at Batasan-San Mateo Road as police checks on IDs of pedestrians crossing the Metro Manila and Rizal border on March 16, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PGH accepts DOH's request to be coronavirus referral hospital

Mar 23, 2020 - 11:07 PM

Philippine General Hospital Director Gerardo Legaspi assures the public that PGH will still accept non-coronavirus patients

PGH. The facade of the Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINYON | Wikapedia] COVID bilang Coronavirus #DionaTweet

Mar 21, 2020 - 7:31 PM

Gamit ang hashtag na #DionaTweet, mag-tweet ng diona – katutubong tulang may 3 linya, na ang bawat linyang magkakatugma ay may 7 pantig – tungkol sa coronavirus, quarantine, at lockdown

DOH: Even with new kits, testing capacity still limited to severe cases

Mar 21, 2020 - 6:51 PM

With the arrival of 100,000 test kits donated by other countries, the DOH says the next few days would see the 'true' increase of confirmed coronavirus cases

CORONAVIRUS. DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 21, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Netizens urge DOH to conduct mass testing for coronavirus

Mar 21, 2020 - 3:04 PM

This comes after the Department of Health said there was ‘no need’ for mass testing now

PH coronavirus cases jump to 217; recoveries now at 8

Mar 19, 2020 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health also reports that one new patient has recovered from the virus

A crowd of commuters along Ayala Avenue in Makati City on March 16, 2020, find it difficult to get a ride due to the implementation of social distancing on public transportation. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 18, 2020

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 18, 2020

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

Left in the dark: Little protection for government's coronavirus frontliners

Mar 18, 2020 - 3:14 PM

Government health workers are stretched and don't have enough personal protective equipment as they battle the outbreak in the Philippines

QUEZON CITY General Hospital health workers on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, prepare the isolation tent for persons under investigation for suspected coronavirus infection. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH senior official tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:52 PM

The lone confirmed case is a director, says the Department of Health

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 17, 2020

Mar 17, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring, there are 259 patients under investigation and 2,443 being monitored

Commuters queue at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) for quarantine and identity check before they are allowed to take public transportation going in and out of Metro Manila on March 16, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 16, 2020

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 16, 2020

The Pasig DRRMO conducts a decontamination process of its ambulance crew that picked-up a PUI who was turned over to The Philippine Lung Center on March 15, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrigue/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 15, 2020

Mar 15, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 15, 2020

Commuters, hoping to leave Manila before the travel ban, flock to a bus terminal in Pasay 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.  Photo by Alecs Ongcal

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 14, 2020

Mar 14, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 14, 2020

Quezon City General Hospital health workers prepare the isolation tent for person under investigation with suspected CONVID-19, amid the rise of cases of the virus in the country on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

PH reports 12 new coronavirus cases; total now 64

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:08 PM

All but one of the new coronavirus patients are currently confined in various hospitals in Metro Manila, which will be under quarantine for a month

OUTBREAK SCARE. Health workers disinfect public places in Pasig City to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo from the Pasig City Public Information Office.

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 13, 2020

Mar 13, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 13, 2020

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto leads efforts to disinfect schools and other public places in the city. Photo from the Pasig City Public Information Office

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 12, 2020

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 12, 2020

The San Juan National High School is being sanitized by the local government of San Juan City in prevention against the COVID-19 on March 9, 2020. The country has 10 tested positive of coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines records 1st local death due to coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020 - 10:29 PM

(UPDATED) The 67-year-old Filipina had no travel history outside the Philippines

OUTBREAK. A large crowd line up outside a medical store in Bambang, Sta. Cruz, Manila to buy face masks on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 11, 2020

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 11, 2020

Employees and visitors of the Manila City Hall on March 9, 2020, wait for their turn for a handheld thermal scanner conducted before entering the building as part of the city's precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19. There are already 10 confirmed people with COVID19 in the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 10, 2020

Mar 10, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 10, 2020

Employees and visitors of the Manila City Hall on March 9, 2020, wait for their turn for a handheld thermal scanner conducted before entering the building as part of the city's precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19. There are already 10 confirmed people with COVID19 in the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte declares state of public health emergency amid rise in coronavirus cases

Mar 09, 2020 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) The declaration comes as the health officials count 10 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including the first case of local transmission in the Philippines

HEALTH EMERGENCY. Shoppers wear surgical mask in the Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City, where sanitation procedures are carried out after a rise in coronavirus cases. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 8, 2020

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 8, 2020

People wear face mask for protection from the Covid-19 virus on March 6, 2020. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announces in a press conference that the Philippines has 2 new positive cases of the infection. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Greenhills mall disinfects amid rise in coronavirus cases

Mar 08, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Temperature checks and a health desk are also set up at the Greenhills mall to help customers cope amid the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak

DISINFECT. Greenhills mall sanitizes premises amid the rise in COVID019 cases. Photo courtesy of GreenBulb Communications

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 7, 2020

Mar 07, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 7, 2020

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

62-year-old coronavirus patient in PH 'in a very critical condition' – DOH

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The COVID-19 patient, who was admitted to the hospital due to severe pneumonia, is also known to have hypertension and diabetes

CLEANUP. Health workers disinfect a prayer room in Greenhills, San Juan, on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 6, 2020

Mar 06, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 6, 2020

People wear face mask for protection from the Covid-19 virus on March 6, 2020. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announces in a press conference that the Philippines has 2 new positive cases of the infection. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

San Juan temporarily closes prayer hall frequented by coronavirus patient

Mar 06, 2020 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora says the prayer room will be disinfected and sanitized

CLOSED DUE TO COVID. Members of the Muslim community in San Juan team up to disinfect the prayer room that had been temporarily closed by the local government on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'COVID dance challenge': DOH brings battle vs coronavirus to TikTok

Mar 05, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The Department of Health is the second government agency in the Philippines to tap the widely popular and Chinese-owned video-sharing app to address the impact of the novel coronavirus

DANCE CHALLENGE. A screenshot of the Department of Health's first TikTok video giving tips how to prevent COVID-19. Photo courtesy of DOH's Facebook page

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 5, 2020

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 5, 2020

Makati conducts temperature checks amid nCoV outbreak. A staff of the Makati Health Department uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of employees and visitors at the entrance of the Makati City Hall Building 1 in the wake of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak. Apart from the City Hall complex, all of the city’s 26 barangay health centers use the non-contact thermometers as part of the city’s measures against nCoV. The city regularly refills hand sanitizer dispensers in strategic places at City Hall to prevent the spread of the virus. Photo from Makati ICRD

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 4, 2020

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:02 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 4, 2020

The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) demonstrate to first responders how to use the protective gear properly in time coronavirus hit their barangays during a meeting on February 4, 2020. Mayor Joy Belmonte tapped officials from 142 barangays to boost efforts against 2019 nCoV-ARD. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 3, 2020

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 3, 2020

Makati conducts temperature checks amid nCoV outbreak. A staff of the Makati Health Department uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of employees and visitors at the entrance of the Makati City Hall Building 1 in the wake of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak. Apart from the City Hall complex, all of the city’s 26 barangay health centers use the non-contact thermometers as part of the city’s measures against nCoV. The city regularly refills hand sanitizer dispensers in strategic places at City Hall to prevent the spread of the virus. Photo from Makati ICRD

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 2, 2020

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 2, 2020

A private school in Manila suspends classes and takes precautionary measures on January 28, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus emergency. Photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 1, 2020

Mar 01, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 1, 2020

Metro Manila commuters wear face mask as protection from the coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 29, 2020

Feb 29, 2020 - 6:12 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 29, 2020

The Manila Doctors Hospital along UN Avenue in Manila sets up a quarantine area for Patients Under Investigation (PUI) and possible cases infected of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) following the first confirmed case in the country on Friday, January 31. Photo by Ben Nabong

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 28, 2020

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 28, 2020

A sign of 'No mask, No Entry' is put into the entrance of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila following the confirmation of Department of Health of the first case Novel coronavirus in the country on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 27, 2020

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:11 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 27, 2020

Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On Wednesday, February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) of the Novel Coronavirua Acute Respiratory Disease is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 26, 2020

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 26, 2020

The government begins efforts to repatriate Filipinos from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. They had been quarantined following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on the ship. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 25, 2020

Feb 25, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 25, 2020

LRT2 personnel uses disinfectant sprays as they clean the seats and safety handrails of the train coaches of the LRT line 2 at the Recto station in Manila on Monday, February 10, as precautionary measures for the thousands of commuters who uses the trains against the spread novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 24, 2020

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 24, 2020

Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On Wednesday, February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) of the Novel Coronavirua Acute Respiratory Disease is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 23, 2020

Feb 23, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 23, 2020

Long queue wait outside a medical store in Bambang, Sta. Cruz, Manila as they wait for available stock of face masks on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler