COVID-19 Timeline

MAY 2020

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.

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  • May 1, 2020

    Nilabas ng gobyerno ang “”Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines.” Ang Metro Manila, kabilang na rin ang iba pang mga probinsya, ay mananantiling naka-Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), habang ang iba pang mga probinsya sa bansa ay sasailalim sa General Community Quarantine (GCQ) (Ranada, 2020).

    Ang Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) ay pinayagang magbukas muli, kahit na ito ay itinuturing non-essential service (Rivas, 2020).

    The national government released the  “Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines.” Metro Manila along with other provinces remain on Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) while the rest of the Philippines transitions to General Community Quarantine (GQC) (Ranada, 2020).

    Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs), despite being a non-essential service, are permitted to reopen (Rivas, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    8,7725791,084

    Ranada, P. (2020). DOCUMENT: Omnibus guidelines on enhanced, general community quarantine. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/84-documents/259657-document-omnibus-guidelines-enhanced-general-community-quarantine

    Rivas, R. (2020). Gambling-dependent Philippines allows POGOs to resume operations. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/business/259599-gambling-dependent-philippines-allows-pogos-resume-operations-coronavirus

  • May 4, 2020

    Apat na pangunahing coronavirus testing center ang inaasahan na magbukas sa Metro Manila at Bulacan. 5,000 na test para sa COVID-19 ang naisasagawa bawat araw. 30,000 na test kada araw ang inaasahan sa pagtapos ng Mayo (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Four major coronavirus testing centers are set to open in Metro Manila and in Bulacan. Tests for COVID-19 are at an average of 5,000 per day. 30,000 tests per day are envisioned by the end of May (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    9,4856231,315

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). PH to open 4 ‘mega’ coronavirus swabbing centers in Metro Manila, Bulacan. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/259868-philippines-open-mega-coronavirus-swabbing-centers

  • May 5, 2020

    Ang ABS-CBN, isa sa mga pinakamalaking media outlets ng Pilipinas, ay ipinasara ng National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), sa kabila ng pagiging pangunahing magpagkukuhanan ng impormasyon ukol sa COVID-19 (Rivas, 2020).

    Maaaring basahin ang pahayag ng WiTech dito:

    ABS-CBN, one of the Philippines’ biggest media outlets, was ordered to shut down by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), despite being a leading source of information during the COVID-19 pandemic (Rivas, 2020). 

    Read WiTech’s statement here:

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    9,6846371,408

    Rivas, R. (2020). ABS-CBN goes off-air after NTC order. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/259990-abs-cbn-goes-off-air-ntc-order-may-5-2020

  • May 6, 2020

    Nakatakdang susuriin ng Senado ang tugon ng Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases sa pandemya (Rey, 2020).

    The Senate is set to look into the response of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to the pandemic (Rey, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    10,0046581,506

    Rey, A. (2020). Senate to probe gov’t coronavirus measures starting May 11. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260106-senate-probe-coronavirus-measures-starting-may-11-2020

  • May 7, 2020

    Ayon sa Pangasiwaan ng Estadistika ng Pilipinas o Philippine Statistics Authority, ang gross domestic product (GDP) para sa unang tatlong buwan ng taon ay lumiit o nag-contract ng 0.2%. Ayon kay Rivas (2020), ang huling pagliliit o pag-contract ng ekonomiya ay higit pa sa dalawang dekadang nakaraan.

    According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the gross domestic product (GDP) for the first three months of the year “contracted by 0.2%.” According to Rivas (2020), the last shrinking of the economy was more than 2 decades ago.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    10,3436851,618

    Rivas, R. (2020). Philippine economy shrinks for first time in 22 years. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/business/260156-gross-domestic-product-philippines-q1-2020

  • May 8, 2020

    Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan, ang kurba ng coronavirus ay nagsimula nang pumatag, sa kabila ng kakulangan ng mass testing (Ranada & Magsambol, 2020).

    According to the Department of Health, the curve of coronavirus cases has begun to flatten despite the lack of mass testing (Ranada & Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    10,4636961,734

    Ranada, P., & Magsambol, B. (2020). DOH claims PH is ‘flattening curve’ based on positivity rate. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260313-doh-claims-philippines-flattening-curve-coronavirus-positivity-rate

  • May 11, 2020

    Limitado lamang ang pinapayagang mga flight na nagmumula sa ibang bansa. Lahat ng dadating sa Pilipinas ay kinakailangang sumailalim sa pagsuri at quarantine (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Limited incoming international flights have been permitted. Those arriving in the Philippines are subject to testing and quarantine (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    11,0867261,999

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). All arriving Filipinos and foreigners to undergo mandatory testing, quarantine. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260539-all-arriving-filipinos-foreigners-undergo-mandatory-testing-quarantine-coronavirus

  • May 12, 2020

    Mula Ika-15 ng Mayo, sasailalim sa Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) ang Metro Manila, Laguna, at Cebu, ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Ang iba pang lugar sa bansa ay manantiling nasa ilalim ng General Community Quarantine o Modifiied General Community Quarantine (Ranada, 2020).

    Natagpuan na pinagdiriwang ang kaarawan ni Major General Debold Sinas, pinuno ng National Capital Region Police, nong Mayo 8 sa kabila ng mga quarantine regulations. Tinanggihan ang pagganap ng pagdiriwang (Talabong, 2020).

    Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City are to be placed on Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) starting May 15 according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Other areas in the Philippines are to remain on General Community Quarantine or Modified General Community Quarantine (Ranada, 2020). 

    Major General Debold Sinas, a chief of the National Capital Region Police, was found to have held a birthday celebration last May 8 despite quarantine regulations. This event was denied (Talabong, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    11,3507512,106

    Ranada, P. (2020). Metro Manila, Cebu City, Laguna under ‘modified’ ECQ until May 31. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260622-metro-manila-cebu-city-laguna-to-remain-under-modified-ecq

    Talabong, R. (2020). LOOK: Birthday salu-salo for NCRPO chief Sinas amid ECQ. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260657-ncrpo-chief-sinas-birthday-celebration-ecq-may-2020

  • May 14, 2020

    Nag-landfall ang Bagyong Ambo sa Pilipinas. Libo-libong tao ang kinakailangang lumikas mula sa kanilang mga tahanan. Naisakatuparan ang social distancing at ito ay sinunod sa mga evacuation centers (Gotinga, 2020).

    Typhoon Ambo makes landfall in the Philippines. Thousands are forced to evacuate their homes. Social distancing is implemented and practiced in evacuation centers (Gotinga, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    11,8767902,337

    Gotinga, J. (2020). Social distancing ‘per family’ at Typhoon Ambo evacuation centers. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260899-social-distancing-per-family-typhoon-ambo-evacuation-centers

  • May 18, 2020

    Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, responsibilidad ng mga kasapi sa pribadong sektor ang pagtaas ng kakayahan para sa testing para sa COVID19 (Tomacruz, 2020).

    According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the private sector shall be responsible for increasing testing for COVID-19 (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    12,7188312,729

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Government to rely on private sector to boost coronavirus testing capacity. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/261275-government-rely-private-sector-boost-coronavirus-testing-capacity

  • May 19, 2020

    Ayon kay Health Secretary Duque, nasa pangalawang wave na ng mga kasong coronavirus ang Pilipinas. Sinasabing ang unang wave ay ang tatlong kaso ng coronavirus noong Enero (Abad, 2020).

    According to Health Secretary Duque, the Philippines is already on its second wave of coronavirus cases. The first wave was supposedly the three cases of COVID-19 in January (Abad, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    12,9428372,843

    Abad, M. (2020). Duque on worst-case scenario: PH approaching 3rd wave of coronavirus infections. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/261393-duque-explains-coronavirus-worst-case-scenario-philippines

  • May 20, 2020

    Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleyo o Department of Labor and Employment, halos 5 milyon ng mga Filipino ang posibleng nawalan o mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa COVID-19. Ang mga plano para sa pagbawi. Kabilang sa mga plano na ito ang mga oportunidad para sa trabaho (Rey, 2020).

    According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), almost 5 million Filipinos have possibly lost or will lose their jobs due to COVID-19. Recovery plans, including job opportunities, will be set in motion (Rey, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    13,2218422,932

    Rey, A. (2020). DOLE sees 5 million jobs losses due to pandemic. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/261529-dole-sees-5-million-jobs-lost-coronavirus-pandemic

  • May 23, 2020

    Pinayagan na ang Pilipinas na sumali sa mga trial ng mga bakuna para coronavirus na ibinubuo ng mga kumpanya mula sa Taiwan at Tsina (Gotinga, 2020). 

    Ang pagbuo ng lunas o bakuna, at global na distribyusyon ay makapagbibigay ng malaking tulong sa pagbalik ng mundo sa pangkaraniwang buhay.

    The Philippines is now permitted to join the trials of coronavirus vaccines being developed by companies in Taiwan and China (Gotinga, 2020).

    The development of a cure or a vaccine and global distribution would greatly aid the transition of the world to normal life.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    13,7778633,177

    Gotinga, J. (2020). Gov’t allows PH to join clinical trials for coronavirus vaccine. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/261802-government-allows-philippines-join-clinical-trials-coronavirus-vaccine

  • May 25, 2020

    Ayon sa CNN Philippines Staff, ang bilang ng mga kaso ng sexual exploitation ng mga bata ay tumaas ng higit pa sa 250% sa nakaraang mga buwan. Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Katarungan o Department of Justice, halos 300,000 na kaso ng sexual exploitation ng bata ay naitala. 

    Ang bilang na ito ay posibleng naidulot ng pagtaas ng paggamit ng mga mobile device at Internet sa kuwarentinas.

    According to the CNN Philippines Staff (2020), cases of sexual exploitation of children have increased by more than 250% in the previous months. According to the Department of Justice, almost 300,000 cases of child sexual exploitation were noted. 

    This number could be because of the increased usage of mobile devices and Internet during the quarantine.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    14,3198733,323

    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). Reports of online sexual exploitation of children skyrocket during lockdown. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/5/25/child-sexual-exploitation-lockdown.html

  • May 28, 2020

    539 na kaso ng coronavirus ang naitala. Ito ang pinakamalaking bilang na naitala sa isang araw. Ang bilang na ito ay naidudulot sa pagdami ng kakayahan para malaman kung may coronavirus ang isang tao. Ang iba pang mga positibong kaso na hindi pa nakukumpirma ay naitatala rin (Ranada, 2020).

    Ayon kay Pangulong Duterte, ang General Community Quarantine (GCQ) ay ipapatupad sa Metro Manila simula sa ika-1 ng Hunyo (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020). Ang Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) ay ipapatupad sa mga lugar sa labas ng Metro Manila.

    539 coronavirus cases were reported. This is the highest number reported in a single day. The number could be attributed to the increased testing and validation capacity. Other positive cases that have not yet been validated are also taken note of (Ranada, 2020). 

    According to President Duterte, General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will be enforced in Metro Manila starting June 1 (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020). Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) will be placed in places outside of Metro Manila.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    15,5889213,598

    Ranada, P. (2020). Highest increase so far: PH reports 539 new coronavirus cases. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/262218-coronavirus-cases-philippines-may-28-2020

    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). Metro Manila eases to GCQ on June 1. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/5/28/Duterte-Metro-Manila-community-quarantine-MECQ-GCQ-decision.html

  • May 30, 2020

    Inaasahan ng gobyerno na pahabain as Bayanihan to Heal as One Act hanggang Setyembre upang mabigyan si Pangulong Duterte ng tatlo pang buwan ng special powers para sa tugon sa pandemya (Ranada, 2020). 

    Ang ayuda na pera para sa mga nangangailangan sa panahon ng pandemya ay ititigil na para sa buwan ng Hunyo. Ang balitang ito ay kasabay ng pagpapatupad ng General Community Quarantine (GCQ) (Ranada, 2020).

    The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act is looking to be extended by the national government until September, giving President Duterte 3 more months of special powers for the response to the pandemic (Ranada, 2020). 

    Monetary aid for those in need during the pandemic shall be halted for the month of June. This is supposedly in line with the transition to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) (Ranada, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    17,2249503,808

    Ranada, P. (2020). Malacañang seeks 90-day extension of Duterte special powers for COVID-19. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/262397-malacanang-seeks-90-day-extension-duterte-special-powers-coronavirus

    Ranada, P. (2020). No coronavirus emergency cash aid for June – Roque. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/262399-no-coronavirus-cash-aid-june-2020