Filipina exposed to novel coronavirus quarantined in Hong Kong â consulate
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Filipina exposed to novel coronavirus quarantined in Hong Kong — consulate
Franco Luna ( - January 26, 2020 - 5:04pm

MANILA, Philippines — A Hong Kong-based Filipina was put under quarantine after she was exposed to two of her employer's guests who tested positive for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong confirmed. 

The consulate, though, said that her quarantined status did not necessarily mean that she was infected with the new coronavirus, as Hong Kong had very stringent measures in combating the epidemic. 

"Given Hong Kong’s strict protocols and heightened emergency alert, even healthy individuals may be subjected to quarantine procedures if there is proof of contact," the consulate said on Sunday.

"Rest assured that the PCG (Philippine Consulate General) is in close contact with the HK Department of Health and will monitor her condition [and] render necessary assistance." 

The consulate also disclosed that the Filipina overseas worker did not exhibit any of the symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus. 

Some 230,000 Filipinos work in Hong Kong, reports say. 

The novel coronavirus epidemic has since evolved into a worldwide scare following reports of the virus as far as United States and other parts of Asia. 

As of this writing, 1,610 cases have been reported in China as the death toll has risen to 54.— with reports from Agence France-Presse

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LATEST UPDATE: September 30, 2020 - 7:03am

Follow this page for updates on a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has struck dozens of people in China.

September 30, 2020 - 7:03am

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,005,981 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Tuesday.

At least 33,415,720 cases have been registered. Of these, at least 23,006,200 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases. — AFP

September 29, 2020 - 9:01pm

US President Donald Trump on Monday announced the distribution of 150 million rapid coronavirus tests ordered from Abbott Laboratories that are able to deliver a result in 15 minutes and display it in a similar format to a home pregnancy kit. 

"Here's our plan: 50 million tests will go to protect the most vulnerable communities," such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, said Trump.

He added that the other 100 million tests would go to states and territories to assist them in opening their economies and schools.

Each of the kits cost the federal government $5, and the health department said in a statement that Abbott plans to make 48 million kits available monthly in the coming weeks. — AFP

September 29, 2020 - 4:05pm

The Department of Health registers 2,025 new cases of the coronavirus disease. This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in Philippines to 309,303.

There are 290 new recoveries and 68 new fatalities.

September 29, 2020 - 1:57pm

The first cruise ship to sail to Greece since the coronavirus lockdown docked at the port of Piraeus early Tuesday after a dozen crew members were reported positive for the virus, state news agency ANA said.

The Maltese-flagged Mein Schiff 6, operated by German travel giant TUI, is carrying 922 passengers and 666 crew.

Nobody will be allowed to disembark as testers from Greece's public health agency embarked for inspection.

The Greek coastguard said Monday that 12 crew members had tested positive, although TUI Cruises said that they were asymptomatic.

However, Greek media on Tuesday reported that follow-up tests on the same crew members turned out negative.

The passengers had originally being given a clean bill of health after undergoing tests prior to the voyage, the Greek coastguard said Monday. — AFP

September 29, 2020 - 10:33am

Batanes records its first case of the coronavirus disease.

"We regret to inform you that one (1) Locally Stranded Individual (LSI) who arrived last September 22 via Philippine Air Force (PAF) has tested POSITIVE of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) yesterday, September 28, 2020," the provincial government says in a statement.

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