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PMA homecoming postponed over nCoV concerns
( - February 6, 2020 - 2:34pm

MANILA, Philippines — The alumni association of the Philippine Military Academy postponed this year’s homecoming as a precaution against the deadly novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The annual event, originally set on February 15, would be moved to February 22, the PMA Alumni Association, Inc. said.

According to the PMAAAI board, the postponement is “in deference to health and public safety concerns regarding nCoV.”

PMAAAI added they reached the decision after consultations with the academy’s superintendent Vice Admiral Allan Cusi and Baguio City Mayor Benjie Magalong.

Even before the announcement, the PMA campus in Fort Del Pilar has been closed to visitors.

The Baguio City government has not imposed a lockdown for tourists but it canceled events “that would attract large crowds in the next three weeks.”

The new coronavirus has spread to more than 20 countries, with the death toll in China rising 560 people.

Latest figure from the Department of Health showed that 133 persons in the country are under watch for possible 2019-nCoV infection.

DOH confirmed Wednesday the third case of nCoV in the Philippines—a 60-year-old woman, who has since returned to China. It reported its first fatality over the weekend—the first outside virus epicenter China. — Gaea Katreena Cabico with a report from The STAR/Christina Mendez

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February 17, 2020 - 6:57pm

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February 17, 2020 - 5:10pm

An additional 99 people have tested positive for coronavirus on a cruise ship off the Japan coast, Japanese media said Monday, citing new figures from the health ministry.

That would take the total number of positive cases on the Diamond Princess to 454. The health ministry declined to confirm the reports immediately. — AFP

February 17, 2020 - 5:02pm

More than a dozen infected Americans from a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship off Japan flew on evacuation flights to the US with other passengers on Monday, as the epidemic claimed more lives in China to take the death toll above 1,700.

The COVID-19 virus has infected more than 70,500 people in its epicentre of China and sparked panic buying, economic jitters and the cancellation of high-profile sporting and cultural events.

With fresh cases emerging daily in Japan, the government has advised citizens to avoid mass gatherings, and on Monday cancelled celebrations for the Emperor's birthday — an annual jamboree that sees thousands of well-wishers descend on central Tokyo.— AFP

February 17, 2020 - 12:48pm

The Department of Health in a briefing says 453 patients under investigation have since tested negative for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

It also says that 221 of the 280 contacts??—people who may have come into contact with?—the first confirmed COVID-19 cases have completed the 14-day quarantine period.

February 17, 2020 - 9:10am

Sixteen more Filipinos onboard Japanese cruise ship Diamond Princess tested positive for COVID-19 as of February 15. This brings the total number of infected Filipinos to 27.

The Japanese Health Ministry is set to tes all crew and passengers aboard the ship Monday so that results will be available by the end of the quarantine period.

"The Embassy is in close coordination with the relevant Philippine and Japanese government agencies, and representatives of the World Health Organization and Princess Cruises to ensure that the needs of the Filipino crew and passengers are met and to facilitate their return to the Philippines," the DFA said.

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