COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Day 123: UPDATE- ASIA-AUS: MANILA- COVID-19 hits 335 overseas Filipinos

DONATIONS Volunteers in Parañaque City pack canned sardines for delivery to residents who cannot leave their homes because of the quarantine imposed on the entire island of Luzon. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ





Brunei- Six new COVID-19 cases, nine more recover


Six new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the country bringing the total to 126 cases yesterday.

Nine more cases treated at the National Isolation Centre have fully recovered bringing the total recovered cases to 34.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar announced the latest details of COVID-19 in the country at a press conference at the ministry’s Al-‘Afiah Hall yesterday.

The minister said, “Case 121 is a local man who came forward to be tested for COVID-19 at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Sport Complex. The case is under investigation and there is a possible link.”

Case 122 is a 67-year-old man who is the husband of Case 116. He does not have any recent travel history and started to have coughs on March 23.

Case 123 is a 19-year-old woman who flew back to the country from Melbourne, Australia on March 19 on Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flight BI006 with seat 30A. She had sore throat symptoms from March 19.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

Case 124 is a 30-year-old woman who is the wife of Case 120. She does not have any recent travel history and has no symptoms of infection.

Case 125 is a 51-year-old woman who went on a vacation to Thailand and returned to the country on RB flight BI514 with seat 34A on March 21. She started to have headache, cough, body ache and flu on March 23.

Case 126 is a 31-year-old man who went to Austria on March 7 for a holiday and returned to the country via London on RB flight BI004 seated in 40D on March 15. He carried out self-isolation after arriving in the country and experienced headache and body ache on March 17.

The minister said, “Nine more cases treated at the National Isolation Centre have fully recovered and allowed to go home, bringing the total recovered cases to 34. This means that 91 cases are currently in National Isolation Centre. Two cases are in critical condition and in need of ventilators at the Centre’s Intensive Care unit while three are in need of close observation and the remaining are in stable condition.”

There are 917 persons undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204. Some 1,298 people successfully completed their quarantine and are in stable condition. Since early January 2020, 5,656 laboratory tests for COVID-19 were carried out.

Information is available on the Ministry of Health website at or contact the Health Advice Line at 148/ James Kon


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PHNOM PENH-  Cambodia tally now stands at 107- Case Breakdown – 30/03/20

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As supplied to Khmer Times, this is the current breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Cambodia up to 09:15 am on 30/03/2020.

As always, we will be keeping you up to date with the latest stories, as they happen, about the current situation with COVID-19 in Cambodia and the world.

There have now been 107 cases of COVID-19 in Cambodia:

46 Cambodian

37 French

12 Malaysian

5 British

2 Indonesian

2 US

1 Canadian

1 Chinese

1 Belgian

No. Date Nationality Sex Age Location Local/Import
1 27-Jan Chinese M 60 Sihanouk Ville Import
2 07-Mar Cambodian M 38 Siem Reap Local
3 10-Mar British F 65 Viking Cruise/Kampong Cham Import
4 11-Mar British M 73 Viking Cruise/Kampong Cham Import
5 11-Mar British F 69 Viking Cruise/Kampong Cham Import


00 28-Mar Cambodian M 39 Phnom Penh Import
101 28-Mar Cambodian F 61 Phnom Penh Import
102 28-Mar Cambodian F 37 Phnom Penh Import
103 29-Mar Cambodian F 36 Poipet Local
104 30-Mar French M 61 Phnom Penh Import
105 30-Mar Cambodian F 20 Phnom Penh Import
105 30-Mar Cambodian M 30 Banteay Meanchey Local
107 30-Mar Cambodian 36 36 Kompong Cham Import
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VIENTIANE, Laos- Govt toughens virus prevention measures

 The government yesterday announced to close all international checkpoints and prohibit public movement for non-essential activities for almost three weeks to control the coronavirus pandemic as fears of outbreak escalate.
The tightened measures are being imposed as eight people – five in Vientiane and three in northern Luang Prabang province – have been infected with the virus in Laos so far.

The five patients are being treated at Mittaphab Hospital in the capital, and the other three are being cared for at Luang Prabang provincial hospital.

Outbreak fears in Laos escalated after thousands of Lao workers in neighbouring countries, especially Thailand, where a widespread outbreak was reported, have rushed home. The returnees were impacted by measures imposed by authorities in the neighbouring countries. There are fears they are carrying the virus.




JAKARTA- Indonesia’s Covid-19 Fatality Rate Nears 10 Pct as Cases Grow to 1,155 

Funeral service workers wearing protective suits carry a plastic wrapped coffin at Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


Jakarta. Indonesia reported 109 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday to a total of 1,155. Fifteen more patients died, bringing the total number of casualties from the virus to 102 or almost ten percent of entire cases.

Another sad point of the latest statistics is the lower rate of recoveries compared to deaths.

“There are 13 patients who have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. The total number of recoveries is 59,” Achmad Yurianto, spokesman for the government’s Covid-19 Task Force, said in a daily video conference in Jakarta.

“We are concerned with these continued transmissions. Positive cases are found in the community while physical contacts keep happening and people don’t really wash their hands more frequently,” he said.

The virus is mostly transmitted by the touch of the hands according to the data, Achmad said without elaborating.

People who develop Covid-19 symptoms may self-isolate at home but they must “keep a distance by more than a meter from others, always wear a face mask and avoid sharing dishes”, he said.

The outbreak has affected 29 out of 34 provinces in the archipelago, according to the government data. Five provinces that have not reported a single case include East Nusa Tenggara, Bangka Belitung, Bengkulu, Gorontalo and West Sulawesi.

Jakarta is the epicenter of the outbreak with 627 cases, followed by West Java (119), Banten (103), East Java (77), Central Java  (55), South Sulawesi (33) and Yogyakarta (22).

The capital city also accounts for 60 percent of the country’s Covid-19 death toll. / BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO / Achmad Yurianto

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia-  One more death recorded, total now 35 – Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR: Another death due to Covid-19 was recorded, bringing the death toll due to the virus to 35, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the 35th death was a 57-year-old Malaysian woman.

“She had travel history to Indonesia and started having symptoms five days before being admitted to Putrajaya Hospital on March 17 and later to Kuala Lumpur Hospital and then the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

“She was tested positive for Covid-19 on March 18 and her health deteriorated day by day and was pronounced dead on March 29 at 4pm,” he said in a statement on his official Facebook account last night.

The Ministry of Health expressed deepest condolences to her family, he added. – Bernama




YANGON- Myanmar COVID-19 patients climb to 10


The number of COVID-19 patients in Myanmar has been increasing steadily as the Health Ministry confirmed two more infections on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 10.

The first case involved a 44-year-old man who returned from Thailand recently. He passed through the Myawaddy border gate in Kayin State.

The man arrived in Myawaddy on March 23 and traveled to Mingalardone township in Yangon on March 26, where he was quarantined upon arrival at Pale Myothit Hospital under the government COVID-19 protocol as he was sick and coughing. He would be sent to Wai Bar Gi Hospital.

The other confirmed COVID-19 patient is a 45-year-old man from Mingalar Taung Nyunt township in Yangon who has no recent travel history abroad. But he was quarantined at Wai Bar Gi Hospital as he was among those who had direct contact with another man from the same township who tested positive for the disease on March 28.

The patient from Mingalar Taung Nyunt township is a 69-year-old man who lives on 101st Street. He had gone to Australia a month ago to seek treatment for nasal cancer. He stayed in Singapore for about four days on his way home and arrived in Yangon on March 14.

Five days later, he developed fever, cough, and sore throat, and was confined and quarantined at Yangon General Hospital. The man is in stable condition./  ZEYAR HEIN 29 MAR 2020


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MANILA- COVID cases surge to 1,418; deaths at 71

DONATIONS Volunteers in Parañaque City pack canned sardines for delivery to residents who cannot leave their homes because of the quarantine imposed on the entire island of Luzon. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ


MANILA, Philippines — Confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases yesterday surged to 1,418 while three new deaths pushed to 71 the number of fatalities due to the infection.

The new deaths were a 70-year-old male from Quezon City, a 71-year-old male from Iloilo and a 78-year-old male from Manila. All had no travel history, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 343 new cases brought to 1,418 the number of COVID cases yesterday.

She attributed the surge in the number of confirmed positive COVID cases to the improvement in testing capacity as well as the active contact tracing of those exposed to COVID-positive individuals.

Also yesterday, the DOH reported seven new recoveries, bringing to 42 the total number of recoveries.

One of the new recoveries was a 13-year-girl from Quezon City. She was asymptomatic and discharged from hospital after one negative test result for infection on March 16.

Others who recovered were a 32-year-old female from Makati, a 35-year-old Quezon City resident, a 41-year-old male from Tarlac, a 35-year-old male from Caloocan, a 44-year-old male from Pasig and a 33-year-old male from San Juan.

“We are appealing to the people to abide by quarantine rules or cases will continue to rise,” Vergeire said in a press briefing as she stressed the importance of early detection and treatment in the recovery of patients.

She said the DOH is coordinating with the Chinese embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs for the arrival of experts from China.

“We have observed that there is no new cases being recorded in Wuhan and we want to replicate that and stop the COVID,” she said.

Vergeire also announced that volunteer health workers who would be deployed to COVID referral hospitals would be provided with allowance and accommodation while they are undergoing 14-day quarantine after serving a two-week duty.

Aside from the daily allowance, she said volunteers would be given hazard pay, transportation allowance and in case they get sick, their medical expenses would be shouldered by PhilHealth.

Anthony Dofitas, one of the doctor volunteers assigned at the Philippine General Hospital, said they have volunteered their services because they know how grave the situation is.

“This is not just any war. We want to do our part in stopping the COVID,” Dofitas said.

Vergeire condemned the harassment and violence committed against health workers after receiving a report that misinformed individuals splashed bleach on a health worker for fear of getting infected with the virus.

“Let us give importance to the sacrifices of our health workers. At this time of crisis, we should not harass or discriminate against them,” she stressed.

She said the DOH had already started the distribution of personal protective equipment for health workers in government hospitals nationwide.

As of yesterday, the department recorded 874 persons under investigation and 6,321 persons under monitoring.

A total of 2,686 people have been tested for COVID, it said.


Revilla staff succumbs to COVID

Meanwhile, a long-time male staff of Sen. Bong Revilla yesterday succumbed to COVID-19.

“I lost my staff and friend of almost 30 years to COVID-19 this afternoon. I ask everyone for prayers, especially for the loved ones he left behind,” Revilla said in a statement.

“Everything was so fast and sudden. He had been with me since my acting days – through the ups and downs, the thick and thin – and now he’s gone,” he said.

He thanked his departed staff for loving him and his family, especially during their difficult times.

“We had a good run. I will miss you. It will not be the same,” Revilla said.

The senator reminded Filipinos that COVID-19 is virulent and makes no distinction on its victims.

“I pray that no one else experience the pain that we’re going through now,” he said. – With Alexis Romero, Paolo Romero

/ Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star

(as of March 29, 2020 – 4:00 PM)
PUIS: 874
PUMS: 6,321


COVID-19 hits 335 overseas Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines — The number of overseas Filipinos in 30 countries who contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has climbed to 335, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Monday.

Data from the DFA showed that 220 of the Filipinos are currently undergoing treatment while 111 patients have recovered.

.By: Christia Marie Ramos – Reporter  –




 SINGAPORE- 42 new coronavirus cases in S’pore including 24 imported; new cluster at Yishun bridal salon

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A new cluster involving three people at a bridal salon in Yishun Industrial Street, The Wedding Brocade, was identified.

A new cluster involving three people at a bridal salon in Yishun Industrial Street, The Wedding Brocade, was identified.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA  Yuen Sin

SINGAPORE – A new cluster involving three people at a bridal salon in Yishun Industrial Street, The Wedding Brocade, was identified on Sunday (March 29), as the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced 42 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Singapore.

There are now 844 cases here. Among the new cases, 24 are imported and 18 are local cases who have no recent travel history abroad.

The 24 imported cases had travel history to Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asean and other parts of Asia. Ten of the new cases are currently not linked, and contact tracing is ongoing.

Case 810, one of the new cases, is from the cluster at The Wedding Brocade. She is a 22-year-old Singaporean woman and is now warded at Changi General Hospital.

She is linked to two other cases announced on Saturday: Case 745, a 36-year-old Singaporean woman warded at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, and Case 802, a 28-year-old Singaporean woman warded at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH).

All three are staff members, said The Wedding Brocade in a social media post on Sunday night. The first tested positive on Thursday (March 26), and the bridal salon immediately closed. Another two tested positive subsequently. All staff members who were at the salon between March 23 and 26 have been issued quarantine orders, it said.

In its update, MOH also gave more information on Case 741, which was announced on Saturday. She is a 42-year-old nurse at Sengkang General Hospital with no travel history to affected countries or regions, and had turned up at work before being admitted to hospital.

The permanent resident reported the onset of symptoms last Tuesday, and test results confirmed that she had Covid-19 last Friday. Contact tracing is ongoing, said MOH.

She is the second nurse to be infected with Covid-19 and is in an isolation room at Sengkang General Hospital. The first infection – Case 167 – was a Filipino emergency department nurse working at NTFGH.



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BANGKOK-  Thailand reports 136 new coronavirus cases Monday, 2 deaths

A transparent partition was installed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 at the Wattana district office's service outlet on Thong Lor Road in Bangkok on Monday. (Photo: Apichart Jinakukl)

A transparent partition was installed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 at the Wattana district office’s service outlet on Thong Lor Road in Bangkok on Monday. (Photo: Apichart Jinakukl)

The government on Monday reported 136 new local cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients, raising the total to 1,524, and asked the public to try harder to stay home.

No new deaths were initially reported, but it later emerged than two more patients have died. Dr Anupong Suchariyakul, a specialist of the Disease Control Department, said one was a Thai man, 54, who had visited Malaysia and been later admitted to a hospital in Yala. The other was a Thai woman, 56, who had suffered pneumonia and been admitted to a private hospital in Bangkok.

The number of new infections was marginally lower than the 143 reported on Sunday. Dr Anupong said of the new 136 cases, 59 had been in contact with previous patients; 21 — both Thais and foreigners — had recently arrived from other countries; 15 had been in crowded places or worked closely with foreigners; 10 had visited entertainment places; four had worked in public transport; two had visited boxing stadiums, and two were medical personnel. So far, a total of 21 medical personnel have been infected.

Of 1,524 cases, 1,297 were Thai and 227 were foreigners. The largest cluster of patients – 715 — was in Bangkok. The average age of all patients was 40.

A total of 1,388 patients were still being treated in hospitals, 23 of them severely ill. Sixteen patients were discharged on Monday, raising the total of recovered cases to 127.

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, earlier on Monday told a briefing there were now patients in 59 provinces, with the increased numbers in Bangkok, Chon Buri, Krabi, Nonthaburi, Pattani, Phuket, Sa Kaeo, Ubon Ratchathani and Yala raising particular concern. Nine new cases were reported in Phuket on Monday.

He said 32 patients in Phuket and six in Krabi had worked at entertainment places, restaurants and hotels, while some were public transport drivers.

Twenty-two patients in Yala and 23 patients in Pattani had attended religious ceremonies in Malaysia; 17 patients in Chon Buri included foreigners, visitors to pubs and returnees from Bangkok; eight in Sa Kaeo had worked in Poipet, and seven in Ubon Ratchathani had worked in Poipet and had been in contact with Muay Thai teachers from Bangkok.

“The numbers of patients in other provinces are growing faster than Bangkok… The cases in Thailand are increasing at a similar pace with Malaysia… People must cooperate with disease control measures,” Dr Taweesin said.

He said that the government was maintaining restrictions on people’s movements in the four southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Phuket and Yala. Beaches were off-limits and people were ordered to stay home from 8pm to 3am in Phuket, he added.

Dr Taweesin stressed that people must try harder to reduce commuting in order to help control Covid-19. Last Saturday, the number of journeys dropped by slightly over 40% from the week before, but to effectively control the disease, a 90% reduction was necessary, he said.

Meanwhile, Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanit said many Thai people currently overseas wanted to return to the homeland, especially Thai workers in Malaysia and Indonesia.

The southern command of the Internal Security Operations Command was on Monday sealing the Thai-Malaysian border to prevent illegal immigration through natural border crossings. All south-bound train services were halted before they reached the southern border provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, ending their journeys in Hat Yai district of Songkhla./


HÀ NỘI-  Việt Nam reports six new cases announced, total hits 194 of COVID-19 / Update: March, 30/2020 – 07:39


HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health on Sunday evening confirmed nine more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total patients in Việt Nam to 194.

Two of them are connected to Bạch Mai Hospital in Hà Nội.

The 180th patient, 27, is a Vietnamese student in France, living in Hà Nội’s Mỹ Đức District. She returned to Việt Nam on March 20 from France, connecting in Thailand, on flight TG564. She was put under quarantine in northern Ninh Bình Province upon her arrival.

The 181st patient, 33, is a Vietnamese man in Hà Nội. He came back Việt Nam from Thailand on flight TG564 on March 20 and was taken to a quarantine centre in Ninh Bình Province.

A Vietnamese student, 19, in Switzerland is the 182nd patient. She returned to Việt Nam on March 20, connecting in Thailand, on flight VN618 and was put into quarantine in Ninh Bình Province.

The 183rd patient is a Vietnamese reporter, 43, residing in Hà Nội’s Cầu Giấy District. She met with the 148th patient on March 12.

The 184th patient is a Vietnamese woman, 43, who lives in northern Vĩnh Phúc Province’s Phúc Yên District. She returned to Việt Nam from Russia on flight SU290 via Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội on March 25.

The 185th patient is a Vietnamese man, 38, from Hà Nội’s Hoài Đức District. He went to Bạch Mai Hospital in Hà Nội for an eight-day treatment and left the hospital on March 19. He started to cough on March 24 and was tested for the SARS-COV-2 virus. He tested positive for the virus on March 29.

A French woman, 52, is the 186th patient. She is wife of the 76th patient. She arrived at Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport in HCM City on March 10 on flight TK162. From March 10-16, she travelled from HCM City to Mekong Delta’s Cần Thơ City, Hội An Town in central Quảng Nam Province and Thừa Thiên-Huế province. She came to Ninh Bình Province on March 16 and was tested for COVID-19.

The 187th patient is an American man, 30, living in Hà Nội’s Tâ Hồ District. He arrived at Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội on March 13. He underwent self-quarantine at home from March 13-19 and had close contact with four Vietnamese people and five foreigners of the same building where he stays. His sample was taken for testing under a large-scale testing campaign on March 22 and the result was announced on March 25.

The 188th patient is a Vietnamese woman, 44, living in Hà Nội’s Mỹ Đức District. She works as a hot water deliverer for Bạch Mai hospital in Hà Nội. She lived with the 169th patient. She started to cough on March 22.

All of the patients are under quarantine and in stable conditions. — VNS


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