A sign is posted on a medical supply store that says surgical and N95 masks are already out of stock, in Manila,

Latest on the coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

China ramped up measures to contain the coronavirus epidemic and shore up an economy hit by travel curbs and business shut-downs on Sunday as...
San Lazaro Hospital

A look at San Lazaro Hospital, site of the first 2019 nCoV case

San Lazaro Hospital is where the first confirmed patient suffering the 2019 novel coronavirus in the Philippines was taken. It is a few minutes away...
Chinese workers wearing masks are pictured after Philippine government confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the country, in an office building in Makati City, Metro Manila

Duterte is banning travelers from Hubei but province already on lockdown

President Rodrigo Duterte finally agreed to impose a travel ban, however, only on travelers coming from China's Hubei province, where Wuhan, the ground zero for...
Franciso Duque

DOH opted to convene one day after first confirmed novel coronavirus case

Despite concerns about the country's capability to handle an outbreak following the confirmation of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the Philippines, Health Secretary Francisco...
People hoard bottles of alcohol after the Philippine government confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the country, in Makati City

Anti-China sentiment spreads along with coronavirus

JAKARTA/HANOI — The coronavirus outbreak has stoked a wave of anti-China sentiment around the globe, from shops barring entry to Chinese tourists, online vitriol...
Teenagers on their smartphones

Truth triumphs: How local Twitter battled fake information at the height of Taal Volcano’s...

The local Twitter community utilized the platform's ability to be at the forefront of real-time conversations when it engaged in pro-active measures battling disinformation...
Chinese nationals

‘Cervical’ is of the cervix? Health practitioners correct claims about San Lazaro death

The online medical community corrected claims about cervical lesions after a hospital director reported that the Chinese national under investigation for the 2019 novel...
Duterte with House Speaker Cayetano

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano drew criticisms for Kobe Bryant exhibit. Here’s why.

Following the error-rife statement of the Palace on Kobe Bryant’s passing, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano hosted an exhibit featuring the NBA legend's paraphernalia at...
Students wear masks amid a health scare over a new virus that has infected thousands since emerging in China, in a Chinese school in Quezon City

The Philippines has 1 confirmed coronavirus case. Is the country capable of handling an...

(3rd update, 6:17 p.m.) The Department of Health confirmed the first case of 2019-nCoV in the Philippines. The patient is a 38-year-old woman who arrived in...
A woman wears a face masks as she travels on a high-speed train near Jiujiang

Airlines suspend, scale back direct flights to China amid virus fears

LONDON/MONTREAL — Global airlines on Wednesday suspended or scaled back more direct flights to China's major cities amid an increase in travel warnings and...
Lorraine Badoy

PCOO’s Lorraine Badoy tried to red-tag a think tank on a show. Here’s what...

Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy got roasted at a news program after she resorted to make accusations against an organization rather than address the topic of...
Superstore episode

Characters in American TV show ‘Superstore’ argue in straight Filipino

A clip of two characters from the American sitcom "Superstore" exchanging straight Filipino lines with each other went viral on social media and impressed...
Images are seen on thermographic devices checking the temperatures of arrival passengers at the Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International airport in Thailand

Bali to Bangkok: China virus threatens disaster for tourist hotspots

JAKARTA/BANGKOK — The colorful dances of Bali's annual Kintamani Festival have fallen victim to coronavirus and travel restrictions to halt its spread could prove...
GrabBike rider

‘Ang promotor’: Grab Philippines chief hints at return of motorcycle taxi service

The country's largest ride-hailing firm hinted that its motorcycle taxi service will be reactivated and join other players in the market such as Angkas...
A China Southern Airlines employee wears a surgical mask as a preventive measure in light of the coronavirus outbreak in China, while he attends a customer behind the counter at Benito Juarez international airport in Mexico City

China’s Hubei province, center of virus outbreak, confirms 25 new deaths

BEIJING — The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 131 as health authorities at the epicenter of the epidemic reported another 840...