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South Korea reports 2 more coronavirus deaths, 123 new cases

Feb 23, 2020 - 1:27 PM

South Korea's national toll of 556 cases is now the second-highest outside of China, apart from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan

CULT. South Korean health officials wearing protective suit and spraying disinfectant near a church in the southeastern city of Daegu. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

PH gov’t urged to brace for tourism dip due to virus outbreak

Feb 23, 2020 - 12:20 PM

House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the Philippines is expected to lose 1.2 million Chinese visitors due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Italy clamps down on travel after virus deaths, rise in cases

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Italy became the first country in Europe to report the death of one of its own nationals from the virus, triggering travel restrictions on about a dozen towns where the number of people contaminated has continued to rise

RESTRICTIONS. People pass by a mural depicting a Chinese face in Via Paolo Sarpi, the commercial street of the Chinese district in Milan on January 30, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Japan says 23 passengers mistakenly left virus ship before testing

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Health Minister Katsunobu Kato apologizes for failing to prevent the passengers from leaving the ship without undergoing all the required tests

FLOATING PETRI DISH. A small boat is pictured next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship with over 3,000 people as it sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama on February 4, 2020, a day after it arrived with passengers feeling ill. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Russia-linked disinformation campaign fueling coronavirus alarm, U.S. says

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:47 PM

The claims include allegations that the virus is a US effort to 'wage economic war on China,' that it is a biological weapon manufactured by the CIA or part of a Western-led effort 'to push anti-China messages'

HEALTH SCANS. Health officers screen arriving passengers from China with thermal scanners at Changi International airport in Singapore on January 22, 2020 as authorities increased measure against coronavirus. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

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

Virus ship crew's families fear for kin as PH evacuation postponed

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:44 PM

While hundreds of travelers have disembarked, more than 1,000 crew remain – including over 400 Filipinos whose return on Sunday has been delayed until Japan clears them to travel

ANXIOUS. Relatives of Filipino crew members stranded on board the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship, moored off Japan's coast, walk outside a building after meeting with a local employment agency for seafarers in Manila on February 22, 2020. Photo by Basilio H. Sepe/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 22, 2020

Feb 22, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 22, 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

Second person dies in Italy from coronavirus – ANSA

Feb 22, 2020 - 5:35 PM

A woman in the northern region of Lombardy dies from the 2019 novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE. A military personnel in protective gear walks across the Cecchignola quarantine center, south of Rome, on February 3, 2020 where Italian citizens have been placed in quarantine after being repatriated from the coronavirus hot-zone of Wuhan at the nearby military airport of Pratica di Mare. Photo by Tiziana FABI/AFP

Iran reports 5th coronavirus death, most outside Far East

Feb 22, 2020 - 5:19 PM

(UPDATED) Iranian authorities order the closure of schools, universities and other educational centers in Qom and the nearby city of Arak

MASKED. An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask checks her mobile telephone as she walks in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

DOH: Repatriation of Filipinos on cruise ship moved to 'early next week’

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The DOH says the rescheduling is needed to allow Japanese health authorities to complete laboratory testing of the Filipino crew members

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

COVID-19: Tips for a saner digital diet in these viral times

Feb 22, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Now's the best time to give ourselves an immunity shot to avoid succumbing to misinformation, malice, and meanness'

UK begins repatriating citizens from virus-stricken Japan cruise ship

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:46 AM

The Foreign Office says an 'evacuation flight from Japan has now departed with 32 British and European passengers on board, as well as British government and medical staff' and is due to arrive in the UK Saturday'

DIAMOND PRINCESS. A bus drives through dockside past the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China virus cases drop as foreign fears rise

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:02 AM

(2nd UPDATE) The outbreak has now claimed 2,345 lives in China and infected more than 76,000 people

KEEPING SAFE. A medical worker wears protective clothing as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as she pushes an incubator between buildings at a hospital in Beijing on February 21, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers making own masks amid shortages

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:43 AM

Due to the shortage of face masks, some are turning to do-it-yourself solutions to get a face mask, albeit of questionable quality

'DO IT YOURSELF' MASKS. This picture taken on February 20, 2020 shows a newly-completed mask made out of patterned material at a shop in Hong Kong. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

WHO says window of opportunity to stem virus 'narrowing' as cases soar

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:30 AM

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautions for the first time that while 'we are still in a phase where containment is possible... our window of opportunity is narrowing'

SCANNING. The body temperature of Iraqi women returning from Iran is measured upon their arrival at the Najaf International Airport on February 21, 2020, after Iran announced cases of coronavirus infections in the Islamic republic. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Israel confirms 1st coronavirus case in cruise ship returnee

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:29 PM

A total of 15 Israelis are among the passengers quarantined on board the Diamond Princess, of whom 11 have flown home

LEAVING. Mask-clad passengers prepare to board a bus after disembarking from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong Fong/AFP

Young Chinese doctor dies of novel coronavirus

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Peng Yinhua, a respiratory and critical illness doctor, had planned to get married during the Lunar New Year holiday, but postponed his wedding to help treat coronavirus patients

EMPTY. This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows two staff members crossing an empty road as they deliver vegetables to a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 21, 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

Filipino repatriates from Wuhan going home after showing no COVID-19 symptoms

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The 10 government personnel who were part of the repatriation team, 6 flight crew members, and 3 ground crew operators will also complete their 14-day quarantine on February 22

QUARANTINE ENDING. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 21, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/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

Quarantine nightmare still not over for left-behind cruise ship crew

Feb 21, 2020 - 2:14 PM

While passengers on board were confined to their cabins around the clock apart from an hour of fresh air on deck, most of the Diamond Princess crew did not undergo quarantine as they were needed to keep the ship running

NOT OVER. 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. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Iraq, Kuwait on alert as coronavirus deaths rise in Iran

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Both Iraq and Kuwait, which respectively share land and maritime borders with Iran, have not confirmed any cases of the virus internally

MASKED. An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask checks her mobile telephone as she walks in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Ukraine protesters clash with police over coronavirus evacuees

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Dozens of protesters block a road near a local hospital even before officials confirm that the site would hold evacuees

FIRE. Protesters set fire to barricades as they block a road ahead of the arrival of evacuees from coronavirus-hit China for quarantine at a medical facility in the settlement of Novi Sanzhary on February 20, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

South Korea confirms 52 more coronavirus cases, total 156

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:48 AM

South Korea is now the worst-infected country outside China

SPRAY. South Korean health officials wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. Photo by Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu/AFP

Australian coronavirus victims had tested negative in Japan

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) The evacuees are positive for coronavirus but were earlier cleared in Japan

WAITING. Passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship look out from their balconies. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Chinese man argues against deportation from Canada, citing virus

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:57 AM

The man says he was scared for his life when he was ordered out of the country 'straight into an epidemic of a deadly virus which still rages'

MASKED. A China Eastern Airlines aircrew member arrives at Sydney airport after landing on a plane from the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 23, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

New virus outbreaks in China, abroad rekindle concerns

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:56 AM

(UPDATED) The number of deaths outside mainland China climb to 11

LIGHTS. Visitors wear face masks as they walk outside the Venetian casino hotel resort in Macau on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Asia-Pacific airlines could lose $27.8 billion to coronavirus – IATA

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:55 AM

This will be the first time since the SARS crisis of 2003 that demand for air travel has declined

This picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows passengers wearing masks prepare to disembark from a flight from Hong Kong on arrival at Bangkok's airport ahead of the Chinese New Year in Bangkok on January 23, 2020. - China sealed off millions more people near the epicentre of a virus outbreak on January 24, shutting down public transport in an eighth city in an unprecedented quarantine effort as the death toll from the disease climbed to 25. (Photo by Vivek Prakash / AFP)

Upbeat Chinese FM says virus control efforts 'are working'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Speaking in Laos before talks with peers from the 10 ASEAN countries, Wang Yi says the outbreak is 'controllable and curable' despite the global panic it has seeded

'PROTECTING THE WORLD.' In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a joint press conference with the German foreign minister after talks on February 13, 2020, at the German Foreign Ministry's Villa Borsig in North Berlin. File photo by John MacDougall/AFP

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

China cuts loan rate as it battles coronavirus impact

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:20 PM

The reduction in China's loan prime rate is the latest measure to help companies struggling through the epidemic

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

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

Around 500 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship to come home on February 23

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says even the Filipino crew member of the cruise ship who recovered from the novel coronavirus will still have to undergo a 14-day quarantine in New Clark City

GOING HOME. A passenger (L) disembarks from the Diamond Princess cruise ship after being quarantined due to the novel coronavirus. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 20, 2020

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 20, 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

Isolated, training in masks: coronavirus hits China's Olympic hopes

Feb 20, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The coronavirus outbreak hits a critical stage in the Chinese athletes' Olympic buildup

QUARANTINED. China’s football star Wang Shuang hasn’t been allowed to leave her home city of Wuhan. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

1st South Korea virus patient dies as number of infections doubles

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) A man in his 60s in North Gyeongsang province tests positive for the coronavirus after dying Wednesday, February 19, following symptoms of pneumonia

CULT. South Korean health officials wearing protective suit and spraying disinfectant near a church in the southeastern city of Daegu. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

China announces biggest drop in new virus cases in almost a month

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Outside of Hubei, the number of cases has been steadily falling

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

2 former Japan cruise ship passengers die – media

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) They are the first fatal cases among the more than 600 who were onboard the cruise ship

DOCKED. The Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked at the Daikaku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Coronavirus brings 2 foes together, Japan and China

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Photos are seen online of Japanese pharmacies with signs saying 'Let's go, China!'

Japan hits back at 'chaotic' cruise ship quarantine claims

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'Is it really safe to get off?' screams a headline in the Nikkan Sports tabloid

ESCAPE. A passenger (L) disembarks from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

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

Coronavirus outbreak slashes China carbon emissions – study

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:23 AM

China's carbon emissions have dropped by least 100 million metric tons over the past two weeks, the study says

SMOG. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan among heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Photo by STR/AFP

IMF warns China virus hitting a fragile global economy

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:15 AM

'The truth is that uncertainty is becoming the new normal,' says International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva

This photo taken on February 14, 2020 shows people walking along a street in Melbourne's Chinatown. - Bustling century-old Chinatowns from Melbourne to San Francisco have fallen quiet and businesses are struggling to survive as fears over the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak ripple around the world. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / TO GO WITH Australia-China-virus-health-economy,FOCUS by Sean GLEESON

China's Hubei province reports 108 more virus deaths – official

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:09 AM

The number of new cases is sharply lower than the daily updates of recent weeks

FIGHT. A train attendant gestures to medical staff leaving for Wuhan in Nanchang, China's central Jiangxi province. Photo by STR/AFP

Scientists announce 'breakthrough' atomic map of coronavirus

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:35 AM

This is a critical step toward developing vaccines and treatments

TESTS. Lab technicians test patient samples for the novel coronavirus at the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases of Thailand at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Coronavirus kills 2 Iranians, first Mideast deaths

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:03 AM

The head of the health ministry's contagious diseases unit says the pair who died were Qom residents who were not known to have left Iran

UP CLOSE. This scanning electron microscope image shows 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. Photo from NIAID-RML

WHO declares 'progress' in fight against novel coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:21 PM

'We are making tremendous progress in a short period of time...trends are very encouraging but we are not at a turning point yet,' a World Health Organization says

DISCHARGED. A recovered patient (C in wheelchair), 83, is discharged from Leishenshan Hospital, the newly-built makeshift hospital for novel coronavirus patients, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 18, 2020. AFP photo

Elated passengers leave Cambodia cruise ship after virus all-clear

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The news comes as Southeast Asian foreign ministers prepare for a summit in Laos on Thursday, February 20, with their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the COVID-19 outbreak

CLEAR. Passengers disembarking from the Westerdam cruise ship wave to remaining crew members in Sihanoukville on February 19, 2020. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP