Coronavirus cases and fatalities in Philippines
The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.
New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day in Philippines
This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.
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What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease which has now spread to the United States.
It is mild for most people, but can cause severe illness and result in death for some. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, have the greatest risk of becoming severely ill.
There is no vaccine and no medications approved to treat COVID-19 at this time.
How does it spread?
COVID-19 spreads from person to person, mainly through coughs and sneezes of infected people or between people who are in close contact.
If you suspect you are infected with COVID-19, call ahead before visiting a medical facility so they can prepare. Do not go to an emergency room with mild symptoms.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- shortness of breath
Coronavirus in Philippines News:
- October 19, 2020GDP contraction slower in Q3
Third quarter (Q3)gross domestic product (GDP) contraction will likely not exceed 5 percent due to the easing of quarantine restrictions, First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) and University of Asia and …
- October 19, 2020Govt collects P143B through fuel marking
The national government collected P143.31 billion in duties and taxes through its fuel marking program. Data provided by the Department of Finance (DoF) on Monday showed that the tax take from Septemb …
- October 19, 2020Lacson blasts bill insertions
SEN. Panfilo Lacson on Monday said the House of Representatives (HoR) would violate the Constitution if it continues to amend the 2021 budget bill after it had approved the measure. SEN. Panfilo Lacso …
- October 19, 2020PH index breaks through 6,000 level
The local stock market opened the trading week in the green as it finally breached the 6,000 territory amid the developments in the national budget and the easement of quarantine measures. The benchma …
- October 19, 2020Dawn Masses allowed in Metro Manila
ALL mayors in Metro Manila have agreed to allow Misa de gallo or dawn Masses, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Monday. MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. said the …
- October 19, 2020Govt targets P3B from ‘premyo’ bonds
The national government is aiming to raise a total of P3 billion from the issuance of another batch of “premyo” bonds, according to the Bureau of the Treasury. “[We] will launch Premyo Bond 2 next mon …
- October 19, 2020DTI studies ‘noche buena’ items price increase
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez on Monday said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is currently assessing producers’ request to increase the prices of some “noche buena” items and canned goods. Dur …
- October 19, 2020Task force eyes GCQ for Metro until December
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is studying the possibility of extending the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila until December …
- October 19, 2020Times forum to tackle economic recovery
The economy shrank by more than 16 percent in the second quarter of the year as quarantine measures to control the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) choked businesses. How the government a …
- October 19, 2020PH steps up vs illegal fishing
THE Philippines has intensified its monitoring, control, and surveillance of its waters against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in the country. The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of F …
Coronavirus in Philippines Timeline:
The Philippines was one of the first countries outside of China to suffer an outbreak. The first confirmed case was reported on January 30. Surprisingly, a 5-year-old boy was also one of the first confirmed cases.
After a month of reporting no new cases, on March 6, the DOH announced two cases consisting of two Filipinos, and thus began the second wave of infections.
Cases involving foreigners emerged in early March 2020, and despite several measures which included travel bans, the disease started to spread in the country.
President Duterte declared “Code Red Sub-Level 2” on March 12, issuing a partial lockdown on Metro Manila, where most cases were reported. The entire of Luzon was placed under an “enhanced community quarantine” — or a total lockdown. Less than a week later, on March 17, Duterte declared the Philippines under a state of calamity for a tentative period of six months.
The Philippines has opened new facilities to conduct confirmatory testing: the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center in Benguet, and San Lazaro Hospital in Manila began conducting tests.
In April 7, President Duterte extended the Luzon enhanced community quarantine until April 30. As of April 17, the Philippines is successful in flattening the curve, reducing the viral disease’ reproduction number to 0.65 from 1.5, which means that the average number of people a person can infect decreased from more than one to less than one.
The government has announced a PHP 27.1 billion fiscal package (about 0.15 percent of 2019 GDP), which comprises the following measures: additional purchase of COVID 19 testing kits and health equipment; social protection for vulnerable workers; and support to the tourism and agriculture sectors.