First Case of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Philippines Confirmed

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The Philippines confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus , the Department of Health (DOH) announced.

During the press conference this afternoon, DOH revealed that a 38-year old woman from Wuhan, China — the city where the novel coronavirus outbreak originated, arrived in the Philippines on January 30, 2020 and was confirmed positive for the virus.

“We are working closely with the hospital where the patient is admitted and have activated the incident command system of the said hospital for appropriate management, specifically on infection control, case management and containment. We are also implementing measures to protect the health staff providing care to these patients,” DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

Moreover, the victim is experiencing a mild cough and immediately consulted with a doctor. She was admitted in apublic hospital in Metro Manila.

DOH Epidemiology Bureau Director Ferchito Avelino mentioned that they are investigating the places where the victim stayed, specifically, in Cebu and Dumaguete.

“We are working to identify and quarantine employees at establishments who had close contact with the woman,” Avelino added.

Respectively, Avelino said that they are working with the Bureau of Quarantine in determining which flights the victim took when she traveled to the Philippines.

“We will track down the four passengers nearest to the front, back and sides of the patient, contact them and advise them accordingly,” Avelino said.


BREAKING: A female Chinese national in the Philippines has been confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus — the first case in the country.

Posted by CNN Philippines on Thursday, January 30, 2020
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