PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 21, 2020

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 21, 2020

Published: 6:00 PM February 21, 2020

Updated: 10:49 PM February 21, 2020

PREPARED. The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office demonstrates to first responders how to use a protective gear properly. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) continues to place patients under investigation for possible cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

As of Friday, February 21, DOH said it has probed 597 patients. There is still no recorded case of local transmission in the country.

Out of this number:

139 - admitted to hospitals

455- discharged from hospitals

- confirmed cases

Of the 3 confirmed cases in the Philippines, one died due to severe pneumonia because of COVID-19, the name of the disease caused by the new virus, while the other two have since recovered and are already out of the hospital.

Below is the latest breakdown of patients under investigation per region. All numbers are from the DOH's nCoV tracker.

REGIONNUMBER OF PEOPLE PROBEDIlocos Region11Cagayan Valley 35Cordillera Administrative Region27Central Luzon60Metro Manila201Calabarzon78Mimaropa15Bicol9Western Visayas38Central Visayas60Eastern Visayas17Northern Mindanao17Caraga3Davao Region23Soccsksargen3Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao1

There are at least 53 Filipinos confirmed to have the virus, but all are based outside the Philippines, including one in the United Arab Emirates, one in Hong Kong, and 51 who were aboard a cruise ship quarantined in Japan

The World Health Organization has already declared the outbreak an international emergency, warning that the novel coronavirus poses a "very grave threat."

So far, the virus has killed more than 2,339 and infected over 75,467 people in China. Cases have been recorded in more than two dozen countries. –