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

Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - January 30, 2020 - 5:33pm

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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LATEST UPDATE: March 5, 2021 - 4:02pm

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

March 5, 2021 - 4:02pm

The Philippines records 3,045 new coronavirus infections Friday—the highest single day rise since mid-October, pushing the country’s caseload to 587,704.

The department also records 178 new recoveries and 19 more fatalities, bringing the total of survivors to 535,207 and the death toll to 12,423, respectively.

Active cases in the country are at 40,074 or 6.8% of the total cases.

March 5, 2021 - 12:49pm

The World Health Organization has scrapped plans for a team that visited Wuhan, China to probe the origins of the coronavirus pandemic to issue an interim report, The Wall Street Journal reports late Thursday.

Wuhan is the city where the pandemic is believed to have originated in late 2019.

The WHO team returned recently from its visit there saying it had no clear finding on the genesis of the virus, amid tensions between the US and China on what caused the once-in-a century global health crisis. —  AFP

March 5, 2021 - 11:43am

The United States records fewer than 40,000 new cases of Covid-19 in one day for the first time in five months on Thursday, according to the Johns Hopkins University pandemic tracker.

This number peaked at nearly 300,000 new cases on January 8 in the country hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than half a million fatalities.

But now it is back down to the levels of before Thanksgiving and Christmas, when holiday travel and gatherings in defiance of safety warnings were blamed for spreading the virus further in the US. —  AFP

March 4, 2021 - 9:38am

Brazil registers a record of Covid-19 deaths for the second straight day Wednesday, with 1,910 lives lost to the pandemic.

With a surge in cases currently pushing health systems to the limit in many areas, Brazil has recorded a total of 259,271 deaths, according to the health ministry — the second-highest death toll worldwide, after the United States.

"For the first time since the pandemic began, we are seeing a deterioration across the entire country," public health institute Fiocruz said before the latest figures were published.

"The situation is alarming." —  AFP

March 3, 2021 - 8:43am

Brazil on Tuesday registers a record 1,641 deaths in 24 hours from Covid-19, health authorities announced, as the country endures a further worsening of the pandemic.

The country of 212 million inhabitants has recorded a total of 257,361 Covid-19 deaths, according to the health ministry, and has the second-highest national death toll after the United States.

Brazil continues to have a piecemeal response, with individual cities and states setting their own policies in the face of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's repeated attacks on restrictive measures and face masks. —  AFP

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