MANILA — Confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world have reached 110,000 as of Monday, according to a tally by Agence France-Presse.
By now, more than 100 countries have also recorded at least one case of the new strain of coronavirus.
After a month of having no additional confirmed cases, the Philippines recorded several new cases in a span of four days.
Here are what we know about the 20 confirmed cases in the Philippines:
The first confirmed COVID-19 case in the Philippines was announced in Jan. 30, 2020. It was a 38-year-old female Chinese national who traveled from Wuhan, China to Hong Kong and then to Cebu, Dumaguete and Manila before being confined at the San Lazaro Hospital for mild cough. She was discharged from San Lazaro Hospital on Feb. 10.
The second case, a 44-year-old male Chinese national, was the partner of PH1. He traveled to the same places as PH1 and was confined at San Lazaro Hospital on January 25 for pneumonia. He died on Feb. 2, making him the first COVID-19 fatality outside of China. He was announced as the country’s second case on Feb. 3, a day after he died.
The third case was a 60-year-old female Chinese national. Like the first two cases, she was a tourist from Wuhan, China. She traveled to Cebu and then Bohol, and was admitted to a hospital when she started feeling ill on Jan. 22. She was transferred to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City and was discharged on Jan. 31. Philippine authorities were not aware she was positive for COVID-19 because one of her samples tested negative. But the initial sample taken from her and tested belatedly came out positive. She was already in China when she was announced on Feb. 5 as the Philippines' third case of COVID-19.
The 4th COVID-19 case in the Philippines is a male Filipino who traveled from Japan and arrived in the Philippines on Feb. 25. He was later identified as an employee of Deloitte in BGC, Taguig City. The man experienced fever and chills and was confined at St. Luke’s Medical Center in BGC. He was later transferred to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City.
Announced on March 6 as the 5th case was a 62-year-old male Filipino from Cainta, Rizal. The man, who reportedly frequented a prayer hall in San Juan City, was confined at Cardinal Santos Medical Center after showing symptoms of cough. He was later transferred to RITM and then another hospital because of his critical condition. The DOH said he suffered from pneumonia, diabetes, hypertension, and an acute kidney injury. He is the first local transmission case in the Philippines since he does not have any travel history.
The 6th case of COVID-19 in the Philippines is a 59-year-old female Filipino, who is the wife of case number 5. She was confined at RITM after experiencing “mild respiratory symptoms.”
Following news of a man in Taiwan who tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting the Philippines, one of his contacts — a 38-year-old male Taiwanese in the Philippines also tested positive for the disease. The 7th COVID-19 case was confined at Makati Medical Hospital after showing symptoms of disease on March 3. He does not have any recent travel outside of the country. He is among the four cases announced by the Department of Health on March 8.
The 8th case is a 32-year-old male Filipino who traveled to Japan. He showed symptoms on March 5 and was confined at St. Luke’s Medical Center in BGC.
Also announced on March 8 was the 9th case — an 86-year-old male American who recently traveled to the United States and South Korea, countries that have COVID-19 cases. He showed symptoms on March 1 and was confined at the Medical City in Ortigas.
The 10th case is a 57-year-old male Filipino from Quezon City with no history of travel outside of the country. DOH said “he was reported to have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case” but that it is still under investigation. He is confined at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City.
On March 9, the Department of Health announced 10 new cases of COVID-19. Case number 11 is a 72-year-old male Filipino with no recent travel history. He experienced cough and is confined at The Medical City in Ortigas.
A 56-year-old male Filipino, who recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates, experienced fever and cough starting Feb. 29. He is confined at the Makati Medical Center.
Another Filipino male, who is 34 years old, who traveled from Australia also showed symptoms of fever starting Feb. 28. He is confined at the Makati Medical Center.
Also confined at the Makati Medical Center is a 46-year-old male Filipino who experienced fever and cough starting Feb. 25. He did not have any recent travel outside of the country.
A 24-year-old male Filipino was also admitted to the Makati Medical Center after having cough symptoms on March 1. It is unclear if the patient traveled outside of the country.
Case number 16 had exposure with a confirmed case of COVID-19. He is a 70-year-old male Filipino who experienced cough, sore throat and colds starting March 1. He is confined at the UniHealth Parañaque Hospital.
Also confined at the UniHealth Parañaque Hospital is a 69-year old female Filipino with exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case. It is unclear if she is related to case number 16. She experienced cough and colds on March 1.
A 41-year-old male Filipino who traveled recently to Taiwan suffered fever, headache and “body malaise” starting Feb. 26. He is confined at Tricity Medical Center in Pasig City.
A 46-year-old female Filipino who did not have travel history is also confined at the Tricity Medical Center. DOH, in its data form, said the symptoms of the patient is still “under investigation.”
The last confirmed case as of March 9 is a 48-year-old male Filipino who traveled recently to Japan. He experienced cough and “body malaise” starting Feb. 29 and was confined at the RITM.
President Rodrigo Duterte on March 9 personally announced the four additional cases. One of them is a 58-year-old female Filipino who does not have any recent travel history. She experienced fever, cough and shortness of breath on March 3 and is now confined at Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium.
Case #22 is a 51-year-old female Filipino who also did not recently travel outside of the country. She experienced cough, colds and dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) on March 4. She is now at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan.
Another female patient is the 30-year-old Filipino who was initially confined at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center. She is suffering from cough, sore throat and headache and was transferred to San Lazaro Hospital.
The last of the four cases mentioned by the President during his press conference on March 9 is a 52-year-old male Filipino who visited Switzerland. It is not clear what symptoms he experienced but he is confined at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City.
A new batch of nine cases was announced on March 10. This includes a 31-year-old male Filipino from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship that was left docked in Japan. Because the patient is asymptomatic but tested positive for COVID-19, he is now quarantined at a facility at the New Clark City.
A 34-year-old male Filipino is the second positive case from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship. He is also asymptomatic and is staying at the New Clark City.
A 42-year-old female Filipino with no travel history is now confined at The Medical City after suffering from cough (since before February 19) and testing positive for COVID-19.
Among the several COVID-19 patients confined at The Medical City is a 69-year-old male Filipino with fever and cough. The Marikina local government later informed the public that he is a relative of Case #5.
An 82-year-old female Filipino who is asymptomatic but tested positive for COVID-19 was later identified by the Marikina local government as the wife of Case #5. She is also staying at The Medical City.
Also a relative of Case #5 is a 69-year-old female Filipino who is now confined at The Medical City. It is not clear if she has shown symptoms.
A 28-year-old female Filipino with no travel history also tested positive for COVID-19. She is confined at The Medical City.
A 64-year-old male Filipino without travel history also tested positive for COVID-19. He is confined at The Medical City.
A 60-year-old male Filipino without travel history is now confined at The Medical City. Before testing positive for COVID-19, he experienced fever, cough and dizziness.