COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines

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COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines
COVID-19 pandemic cases in the Philippines.svg
Map of provinces (including Metro Manila) with confirmed COVID-19 cases (as of May 10)[map note 1]
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DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationPhilippines
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseManila
Arrival dateJanuary 30, 2020
(1 year, 4 months, 2 weeks and 3 days)
Confirmed cases261,216
Active cases49,277
Severe cases1,052
Recovered207,568
Deaths
4,371
Government website

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a novel infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), spread to the Philippines on January 30, 2020. The first case of the disease was confirmed in Metro Manila.

Cases[change | change source]

The first case was a 38-year-old Chinese woman who was quarantined at a hospital in Manila. The second case was confirmed on February 2, that of a 44-year-old Chinese man who died a day earlier, which was also the first confirmed death from the disease outside mainland China.[1][2][3]

The first case of someone without travel history abroad was confirmed on March 5, a 62-year-old male who was a Muslim prayer hall in San Juan, Metro Manila. The man's wife was confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 on March 7, which was also the first local transmission to be confirmed.[4][5]

Numbers[change | change source]

As of September 13, 2020, there have been 261,216 confirmed cases of the disease in the country. Out of these cases, 207,568 recoveries and 4,371 deaths were recorded.[6][7][8][9]

The Philippines has the most number of cases in Southeast Asia, ahead of Indonesia and Singapore.

The largest single-day increase in the number of confirmed cases was on August 10, when 6,958 new cases were announced.[10]

At least one case has been confirmed in all of the country's 17 regions.[6][11]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Breakdown of confirmed cases is according to the COVID-19 Case Tracker of the Department of Health (DOH). Take note that the map may not reflect all affected localities. The methodology on how patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection are recorded in a particular locality in the tracker is unclear and may vary. The source also notes that 25% of the province-level data are still undergoing validation.

    The DOH only tracks cases per province, component localities of Metro Manila, and select independent cities.
    • Other independent cities's cases are grouped together with their geographically associated provinces (e.g Puerto Princesa with Palawan).
    • Cotabato City's cases are still considered as cases under the Soccsksargen region despite being part of Bangsamoro since the city has not yet formally been turned over to the Bangsamoro regional government. For the purpose of the map, its cases are considered part of Maguindanao.

    See Affected regions section below for a more comprehensive list of affected localities.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ramzy, Austin; May, Tiffany (February 2, 2020). "Philippines Reports First Coronavirus Death Outside China". The New York Times. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  2. "Coronavirus: What we know about first death outside China". Rappler. Agence France-Presse. February 2, 2020. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  3. "Coronavirus: What we know about first death outside China". ABS-CBN News. Agence France-Presse. February 2, 2020. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  4. "San Juan prayer hall frequented by coronavirus patient temporarily closed". cnnphilippines.com. CNN Philippines. March 6, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  5. "Greenhills Mall implements 'precautionary measures' vs coronavirus". ABS-CBN News. March 6, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "COVID-19 Tracker". ncovtracker.doh.gov.ph. Department of Health. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  7. "COVID-19". ENDCOV PH. University of the Philippines 2020. March 27, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  8. "Tracking COVID-19 cases in the Philippines". ABS-CBN News. ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  9. "Novel Coronavirus Update". Inquirer. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  10. Ornedo, Julia Mari (August 10, 2020). "Philippines logs record 6,958 new COVID-19 cases, total up to 136,638". GMA News. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  11. Alipio M (April 2020). "Do Socio-Economic Indicators Associate with COVID-2019 Cases? Findings from a Philippine Study". SSRN. doi:10.2139/ssrn.3573353.