Field Notes

TIMELINE – HOW THE CORONAVIRUS INFECTION SPREAD IN THE PHILIPPINES

(As of Sunday, March 22, 2020)

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YEAR 2019

31 December – China informs WHO about a cluster of mysterious pneumonia cases

YEAR 2020

04 January – Alarms raised as pneumonia outbreak infects dozens in China

11 January – China records its first coronavirus death

13 January – Thailand reports first coronavirus case outside of China

20 January – China confirms human-to-human transmission of coronavirus 

23 January – China locks down Wuhan; later expands order covering Hubei Province

29 January – Duterte: No ban on flights to and from China 

29 January – Health chief warns of diplomatic repercussion of ban on tourists from China

30 January – WHO declares coronavirus a global emergency

30 January – First case of coronavirus reported in the Philippines

31 January – Duterte’s issues flight ban, but order limited to Wuhan; VP calls for total ban

02 February – Philippines reports first coronavirus death – the first in the world

10 February – Duterte: I will ‘slap’ that ‘idiot’ coronavirus; gov’t ‘on top of the threat’

09 March – Amid coronavirus threat, Duterte says he is ‘ready to die’

12 March – Duterte announces lockdown of Metro Manila starting 15 March

13 March – Duterte tests negative of coronavirus

15 March – Chaos in Manila as lockdown takes effect

17 March – Duterte expands lockdown whole Luzon; other cities impose local quarantine

19 March – Philippine health secretary goes into self-quarantine after possible exposure

22 March – Duterte asks for Congress for special powers