The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a new strain of virus first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019.

COVID-19 is known to target a person’s respiratory system. Infected patients may exhibit symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and in some cases, muscle pain and sore throat. Some patients may also be asymptomatic.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic due to the exponential increase of the number of cases in more than 100 countries.

On March 16, 2020. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte placed the entire Philippines under a State of Calamity amid the threats posed by COVID-19.

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Groups to donate COVID-19 test kits, equipment to PH: Locsin

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced on March 28 that several groups will donate at least 40,000 various medical equipment.
MARCH 28, 2020

Palace to RITM: Avoid repeat of erroneous COVID-19 test result

Malacañang on March 27 reminded the Research Institute for Tropical Management (RITM) to be more careful before releasing the results of tests for COVID-19.
MARCH 28, 2020

TESDA Bataan makes ‘Iron Man’ face shields for front-liners

The Technical Eduction and Skills Development (TESDA) Bataan Provincial Office decided to manufacture and distribute “Iron Man” face shields for front-liners who are helping in the fight against COVID-19 in the Philippines.
March 28, 2020

LGU to eye gov’t facilities as quarantine areas

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has ordered all local government units (LGUs) to identify government facilities that may be used as quarantine areas for potential carriers of COVID-19.
March 28, 2020

DOH-10 calls for strict control measures vs COVID-19

Dr. Adriano P. Suba-an, Department of Health Regional Director in Region 10, calls for stricter implementation of measures with proper intervention for the enhanced community quarantine to help curb the COVID-19 threat in the region.
march 28,2020

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