What we know so far: First confirmed novel coronavirus case in Philippines

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What we know so far: First confirmed novel coronavirus case in Philippines
The Department of Health on Jan. 30, 2020 has confirmed the first case of the 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus, or 2019 nCoV in the Philippines.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health has confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV in the Philippines.

Latest World Health Organization figures cite 6,065 cases and 132 deaths from the virus, which began in Wuhan City in China's Hubei province.

Here's what we know so far on the first confirmed 2019-nCoV case in the country:

  • The patient is a 38-year old Chinese who came from Wuhan via Hong Kong last January 21.
  • She was admitted to a government hospital in Metro Manila after experiencing mild cough on January 25.
  • The patient is asymptomatic, which means that she is not showing other signs or symptoms of illness.
  • She visited Cebu and Dumaguete before seeking medical help in Metro Manila.
  • Persons she was with upon arriving in the country are also considered persons under investigation.
  • The DOH has asked for the flight details of the Chinese patient and the places they have been to for contract tracing. Passengers who sat in the front, at the back and both sides of the patient will be contacted and will be advised accordingly.

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November 27, 2021 - 9:10am

An anti-Covid pill developed by Merck has proved effective in treating the disease, the US Food and Drug Administration says in a much-awaited preliminary report.  

But the report, from an FDA advisory panel, cautioned that pregnant women should not use the drug, known as molnupiravir, saying the potential benefits do not outweigh the risks for those patients.

The report is meant to provide guidance to an FDA experts panel convening Tuesday to consider whether to authorize emergency use of molnupiravir. — AFP

November 25, 2021 - 12:01pm

More than 100,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Germany since the start of the pandemic, a public health agency announces Thursday.

Europe's largest economy is battling a fresh surge in coronavirus cases, and recorded 351 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 100,119, according to figures from the Robert Koch Institute.

As infections reach a record high and intensive care units fill up, the health crisis is posing an immediate challenge to the new coalition government set to take over from Angela Merkel's cabinet. — AFP

November 23, 2021 - 7:02am

Covid infections are on the rise in South African weeks ahead of an expected fourth wave in December, the country's national health laboratory service says Monday.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports a "sustained" increase over the past seven days, with the majority of cases detected in the most populous province of Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria.

"We are monitoring these trends to see if these increases persist," NICD's interim executive director, Adrian Puren, says in a statement. — AFP

November 22, 2021 - 7:15pm

Most Germans will be "vaccinated, cured or dead" from Covid-19 in a few months, Health Minister Jens Spahn warned Monday as he urged more citizens to get jabbed.

"Probably by the end of this winter, as is sometimes cynically said, pretty much everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured or dead," Spahn said, blaming "the very contagious Delta variant".

"That is why we so urgently recommend vaccination," he added.

The stark warning comes as Germany is racing to contain a record rise in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, with hospitals sounding the alarm about overflowing intensive care units.

Despite widespread access to free coronavirus vaccines, just 68% of the German population is fully vaccinated, a level experts say is too low to keep the pandemic under control. — AFP

November 20, 2021 - 10:53am

The risk of stillbirth is about twice as high for women with COVID-19 compared to those without, and grew to about quadruple during the period when the Delta variant became dominant, a large US government study says.

The analysis, carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was based on more than 1.2 million deliveries between March 2020 and September 2021 from a large US hospital database.

Overall, stillbirths were highly rare, accounting for 0.65% or 8,154 deliveries. — AFP

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