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Not long has it been, the world welcomed the new year 2020 without knowing the shenanigan it brings. One of it, and probably the most appalling one, is the coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19).
The coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) pandemic severely affected the Philippines, much like every other nation around the globe.
Here’s timeline and wrap up of the covid-19 crisis in the country from January through present
January 29, 2020 - Philippines became capable of testing covid
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine became capable of testing covid-19.
The news came after the Japanese counterpart of the RITM sent the “RNA primer” which will enable the institute to conduct tests and have results in 48 hours.
Prior to this, the samples from patients were being sent to the Australia-based Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory to be tested.
January 30, 2020 - DOH confirmed first case
In a Thursday afternoon press briefing, Health Secretary Duque confirmed the first case.
The 38-year old Chinese woman arrived in the country on January 21 from Wuhan, China— the ground and the epicenter of the disease. She was admitted to a government hospital on January 25.
February 2, 2020 - Second case confirmed
DOH confirmed the second case of covid-19 in the country. The patient was a 44-year-old Chinese male who was the companion of the first case.
Unfortunately, he died on February 1 before his test results came in. He was the first fatality outside China.
February 5, 2020 - Third case confirmed
The health bureau reported the 3rd case in the country. A 60-year-old Chinese woman who flew to Cebu from Hong Kong on January 20. She then traveled to Bohol where she consulted a doctor at a private hospital due to fever and rhinitis on January 22.
She was tested two times: on January 23 and January 24. The results of her January 24 sample tested negative. However, her January 23 sample tested positive. The patient recovered and was allowed to fly home to China on January 31.
March 6, 2020 - New cases reported
The DOH reported no new cases for a month until on March 6. Two new cases were reported by the health bureau and they are both Filipinos.
The fourth case is a 48-year-old man with a travel history to Japan. The fifth case is a 60-year old man from San Juan who had no travel history to an affected area, nor contact to a confirmed case. He was therefore considered as the first case of local transmission in the country.
Later on, patient six was confirmed. A 59-year old woman who is the wife of the fifth case.
Since then, the DOH reports more cases of the disease.
March 7, 2020 - DOH raised code level
The DOH raised its "Code Red Sub-Level 1.” They also asked President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a state of "public health emergency" which will authorize them to mobilize resources for the procurement of safety gear and the imposition of preventive quarantine measures.
March 9, 2020 - Duterte placed ph under state of public health emergency
President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 922, declaring the country under a state of public health emergency.
March 12, 2020 - Metro Manila Lockdown
As President Duterte declared "Code Red Sub-Level 2," the Metro Manila partial lockdown or community quarantine was also imposed.
March 16, 2020 - Luzon Lockdown
The disease spread not only in Metro Manila but in some parts of Luzon and the Philippines as well. On March 16, President Duterte imposed the Luzon lockdown or enhanced community quarantine to further curb the disease.
Other local government units outside Luzon also imposed similar lockdowns in their areas following a set of criteria.
March 17, 2020 - State of Calamity
President Duterte issued Proclamation No. 929, declaring the Philippines under a state of calamity for a tentative period of six months.
March 20, 2020 - More testing facilities
Aside from RITM, more facilities were opened and accredited to conduct covid-19 testings namely: the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center in Benguet, and San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.
March 25, 2020 - Bayanihan We Heal as One Act signed
President Duterte signed the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act— an act giving him additional powers to handle the outbreak.
The enhanced community quarantine set to end on April 15, 2020 was extended until April 30, 2020.
This is a developing write-up. Refresh for updates.