Updated: Mar 23
March 22, 2020: There are 307 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the Philippines and 19th death. 🇵🇭 Please take the necessary precautions of social distancing and seclusion to avoid getting it and spreading it.🤝
The PH government has placed more than half of the country's population under strict home quarantine to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The first case of COVID-19 in the Philippines was confirmed on January 30. The diagnosed patient was a 38-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan, the origin of the disease, who had arrived in Manila from Hong Kong on January 21. She was admitted at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on January 25 after she sought a consultation due to a mild cough. At the time of the confirmation announcement, the Chinese woman was already asymptomatic.
On March 16, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19. Claiming he was asymptomatic, Zubiri interacted with a resource person at the Senate of the Philippines who had earlier tested positive.
On March 17, actor Christopher de Leon announced that he had contracted the virus. On the same day, Zubiri was told that he will have to be retested to ensure that his initial result was not a false positive.
Map of the coronavirus outbreak in the Philippines as of 18 March 2020. Be aware that since this is a rapidly evolving situation, new cases may not be immediately represented visually. Refer to the primary article 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines or the WHO situation reports for most recent reported case information.
RED: Confirmed cases reported
BLUE: Suspected cases reported
Virus strain: SARS-CoV-2
First case: Manila
Arrival date January 30, 2020 Suspected cases have not been confirmed as being due to this strain by laboratory tests, although some other strains may have been ruled out.
Health advisory on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) release by the Philippines Department of Health.
Following the confirmation of the first localized transmission on March 7, the DOH raised its alert to Code Red Sub-Level 1. President Duterte issued Proclamation No. 922 on March 9, formally declaring a public health emergency.
The (DTI) Department of Trade and Industry on March 9 issued a directive ordering retailers should only allow the sale of two bottles of each type of disinfectant per person as a measure against hoarding. In line with the public health emergency declaration, the department imposed a 60-day price freeze on basic commodities.
On March 16, the president signed Proclamation No. 929 declaring a state of calamity throughout the country for a period of six months, bringing into effect the following:
price control of basic needs and commodities
granting of interest-free loans
distribution of calamity funds
authorization of importation and receipt of donations
hazard allowance for public health workers and government personnel in the fields of science and technology
Read an article: Metro Manila lockdown as coronavirus spreads
On March 12, President Duterte announced a partial lockdown covering Metro Manila.
The region is closed to land, air, and sea travel. However, mass transportation within Metro Manila such as the Manila LRT and MRT continues to operate under proper social distancing guidelines. Suspension of classes at all levels in Metro Manila is extended until April 14. Spontaneous and planned mass gatherings are banned. Work in the Executive department is suspended under the lockdown period.
A soldier checks the body temperature of a health worker before entering a free shuttle service following the suspension of mass transportation
The PH government announced earlier that all persons except Filipino citizens and permanent resident visa holders were temporarily barred from entering the country.
A temporary ban on Filipinos from travelling to China or its special administrative region was also imposed. Mandatory 14-day quarantine for Filipinos returning to from China or its special administrative region was announced.
Further, visa upon arrival for Chinese nationals has been temporarily suspended