COVID-19 Timeline

MARCH 2020

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

World Health Organization
  • March 6, 2020

    2 Pilipino ang nakumpirmang positibo sa COVID-19 (DOH, 2020).

    2 Filipinos are confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 (DOH, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    511

    Department of Health (2020). DOH confirms two more cases of COVID-19 in PH. Retrieved from https://www.doh.gov.ph/doh-press-release/DOH-CONFIRMS-TWO%20MORE-CASES-OF-COVID-19-IN-PH

  • March 7, 2020

    Kinumpirma ng DOH ang lokal na transmisyon. Ang alertong Code Red-Sublevel 1 ay idineklara.

    DOH confirms local transmission. Code Red-Sublevel 1 alert is declared (DOH, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    1011

    Department of Health (2020).DOH reports 4 new COVID-19 patients; cases up to 10. Retrieved from https://www.doh.gov.ph/doh-press-release/DOH-REPORTS-4-NEW-COVID-19-PATIENTS%3B-CASES-UP-TO-10

  • March 9, 2020

    Pangulong Duterte ay nagdeklara ng emergency sa kalusugan ng publiko (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Ang mungkahi na ang Metro Manila ay mag-lockdown bilang tugon sa lumalaking numero ng mga kaso ay itinanggi ni Pangulong Duterte (Nakpil, 2020).

    Duterte declares a public health emergency (Tomacruz, 2020). 

    The suggested Metro Manila lockdown in response to the growing number of cases is rejected by President Duterte (Nakpil, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    2011

    Nakpil, D. (2020). Duterte rejects Metro Manila lockdown despite rising coronavirus cases in PH. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/3/9/Duterte-rejects-Metro-Manila-lockdown-despite-rise-PH-coronavirus-cases.html

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Duterte declares state of public health emergency amid rise in coronavirus cases. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/253833-duterte-declares-state-public-health-emergency-rise-coronavirus-cases-march-2020

  • March 11, 2020

    Inilalarawan bilang isang pandemya ng WHO ang COVID-19 (Ravelo & Jerving, 2020).

    Idineklara ang unang lokal na kamatayan dahil sa COVID-19 (Magsambol, 2020). Ipinahayag ni Duque ang kakulangan ng mga kagamitan para sa mga health workers at ang pagkaantala ng kumpirmasyon ng mga kaso na may kaugnay sa virus.

    COVID-19 is characterized as a pandemic by the WHO (Ravelo & Jerving, 2020).

    The first local death due to COVID-19 is declared (Magsambol, 2020). Duque declares a lack of supplies for health workers and a delay of testing and confirmation of cases.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    4921

    Ravelo, J. L., Jerving, S. (2020). COVID-19 — a timeline of the coronavirus outbreak. DevEx. Retrieved from https://www.devex.com/news/covid-19-a-timeline-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-96396

    Magsambol, B. (2020). DOH confirms 16 new cases of coronavirus in PH; total now 49. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254134-doh-confirms-new-cases-coronavirus-philippines-march-11-2020

  • March 12, 2020

    Ang pagbabawal sa paglalakbay ay aplikado na sa mga bansang may kumpirmadong pasyente na may COVID-10 (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    Idineklara ni Pangulong Duterte ang lockdown na maitutupad simula sa Marso 15. Ang alerto para sa coronavirus ay nakataas na sa Code Red-Sublevel 2 (Talabong, 2020). Sa parehong kumperensya, pinasalamatan si Pangulong Xi Jinping para sa kanyang willingness to help.”

    The travel ban has been applied for all countries with confirmed COVID-19 patients (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020). 

    President Duterte has declared for a lockdown to be enforced starting on March 15. The coronavirus alert is raised to Code Red-Sublevel 2 (Talabong, 2020). In the same conference, President Xi Jinping is thanked for “willingness to help.”

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    5221

    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). Philippines expands travel ban to all countries with local COVID-19 transmission. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/3/12/Philippines-expands-travel-ban-to-all-countries-with-local-COVID-19-transmission.html

    Talabong, R. (2020). Metro Manila to be placed on lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254101-metro-manila-placed-on-lockdown-coronavirus-outbreak

  • March 13, 2020

    Sinubukang gawin ang mga paraan ng social distancing sa MRT-3, na nagdulot ng abala sa mga manggagawang walang ibang paraan ng transportasyon. (Rey, 2020). 

    Negatibo ang resulta ng COVID-19 test ni Duterte (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    Trials of social distancing measures are tested at the MRT-3, resulting in trouble for workers who have no other methods of transportation (Rey, 2020). 

    Duterte tests negative for COVID-19 (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    64?1

    Rey, A. (2020). MRT3 holds dry run of social distancing at stations. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254389-mrt-dry-run-social-distancing-stop-coronavirus-spread

    CNN Philippines Staff (2020). Duterte tests negative for coronavirus. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/3/13/Duterte-tests-negative-for-coronavirus.html

  • March 14, 2020

    Libu-libong mga Pilipino sa Metro Manila ay nahaharap sa banta na mai-stranded sa bisperas ng lockdown.

    Thousands of Filipinos in Metro Manila are faced with the threat of being stranded on the eve of the lockdown.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    111101

    Baizas, G. (2020). Questions Filipinos are asking about the coronavirus lockdown. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254361-questions-filipinos-metro-manila-coronavirus-lockdown

  • March 15, 2020

    Ipinatupad na ang lockdown sa Metro Manila. Milyun-milyong Pilipino ang nahaharap sa banta ng pagkawala ng mga trabaho. Ang mga checkpoints ay nagkukulang sa mga kagamitan. Ang mga patakaran ng lockdown ay nag-iiba depende sa lugar.

    The lockdown on Metro Manila is enforced. Millions are faced with the threat of a loss of jobs. Checkpoints face a lack of equipment. Lockdown rules vary from place to place.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    140122

    Rappler. (2020). WATCH: Traffic builds up on first morning of Metro Manila lockdown. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254574-video-updates-first-morning-metro-manila-lockdown-coronavirus-march-2020

  • March 16, 2020

    Nahihirapan ang mga manggagawang bumiyahe dahil sa ipinatupad na lockdown. Ipinasailalim ang Metro Manila sa isang enhanced na pangkomunidad na kuwarantin kung saan kinakailangang manatili ang lahat sa kanilang mga tirahan.

    Commuting workers struggle with the enforced lockdown. Metro Manila is to be placed under enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), requiring almost all to stay at home (Ibañez, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    142122

    Ibañez, J. P. (2020). Duterte locks down Luzon. BusinessWorld. Retrieved from https://www.bworldonline.com/duterte-locks-down-luzon/

  • March 17, 2020

    DOJ: Maaaring arestuhin ng pulisya ang mga lumalabag sa mga patakaran ng lockdown (Buan, 2020).

    Idineklara ni Pangulong Duterte ang state of calamity sa Pilipinas (Rey, 2020).

    DOJ: Police may arrest violators of lockdown rules (Buan, 2020).  

    President Duterte declares a state of calamity in the Philippines (Rey, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    187124

    Buan, L. (2020). DOJ: Police can arrest violators of Luzon lockdown even if they do not resist. Rappler.  Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254887-doj-says-police-can-arrest-violators-luzon-lockdown-even-without-warrants

    Rey, A. (2020).Duterte declares state of calamity in PH due to coronavirus. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254910-duterte-declares-state-calamity-philippines-coronavirus

  • March 20, 2020

    Ayon kay Vergeire, tagapagsalita ng DOH, ang mass testing ay hindi kasalukuyang kailangan. Naantala ang testing (Cepeda, 2020).

    According to DOH spokesperson Vergeire, mass testing is not needed at the moment. Testing is delayed to pile-ups (Cepeda, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    230188

    Cepeda, M. (2020). DOH admits PH health care system ‘challenged’ by virus testing demand. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/255247-doh-admits-philippine-health-care-system-challenged-coronavirus-testing-demand

  • March 22, 2020

    Nakakuha ng hiling ang Kongreso mula sa Pangulong Duterte na ideklara ang mga kaganapan sa bansa bilang isang pambansang emergency at bigyan siya ng emergency powers.

    The Congress is faced with a request from President Duterte to declare a “national emergency” and give him emergency powers (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    3802517

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Duterte asks Congress for ’emergency powers’ to address coronavirus outbreak. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/255476-duterte-asks-congress-emergency-powers-address-coronavirus-outbreak

  • March 23, 2020

    Ang Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (RA11469) kung saan nasasama ang pagkakaloob ng special powers ay inaprubahan na.

    Kasama sa special powers ang mga sunusunod:

    • ₱5,000 hanggang ₱8,000 na tulong na salapi para sa mga kabahayan na may mababang kita
    • ₱100,000 para sa mga healthworker na maaaring magkaroon ng COVID-19 na impeksyon
    • Pagmamahala ng medikal na kilusan

    Isinabi ng DOH na hindi naisagawa ang VIP treatment para sa mga pulitiko (Mendoza, 2020).

    The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (RA11469), including the granting of special powers, was approved. 

    Special powers include: 

    • ₱5,000 to ₱8,000 subsidy for low-income households
    • ₱100,000 for health workers who may contract COVID-19 infection
    • Direction of medical movements

    DOH denies VIP treatment for politicians (Mendoza, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    3963318

    Mendoza, J. E. (2020). DoH denies VIP treatment for politicians on covid-19 testing. Manila Times. Retrieved from https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/03/23/second-headline/doh-denies-vip-treatment-for-politicians-on-covid-19-testing/705208/

  • March 25, 2020

    Binatikos si Senador Koko Pimentel sa kanyang pagbisita sa kanyang asawang buntis sa Makati Medical Center (MMC) dahil ito ay labag sa protocol. Siya ay nagpositibo sa COVID-19 Rey, 2020).

    Hindi ito inimbestigahan ng DOJ pagkatapos ng isang apelang makiramay na lang.

    Senator Koko Pimentel is called out for visit to his pregnant wife at the Makati Medical Center (MMC), breaking protocol. He tests positive for COVID-19 (Rey, 2020).   

    The DOJ is not investigating this after an appeal for compassion.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    6363826

    Rey, A. (2020). Pimentel tests positive for coronavirus. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/255806-koko-pimentel-tests-positive-coronavirus