DOH confirms 2 more cases of covid-19 in the Philippines

By MDN Digital News Team
March 6, 2020


METRO MANILA - The Department of Health confirmed two more cases of coronavirus disease in the country during a press conference conducted Friday (March 6) in Manila.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III told the media the two new cases include a Filipino male who travelled from Japan in recent months, while the other one was a 62-year-old Filipino male who lives in San Juan City, Metro Manila, but he has no known travel history abroad.

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Duque said since they cannot be identified yet they are known as the fourth and fifth cases to properly identiy their separate stories how they were contracted with the deadly coronavirus.

The fourth case, Duque said, travelled abroad and has just returned to the country last February 25. He had chills and also sick with fever since March 3. Thinking bad about his flu-like symptoms, he sought medical attention and samples were immediately collected for testing by the hospital. On March 5, he was confirmed positive of the coronavirus disease (covid-19).

The fifth case, according to the DOH Official, has no known travel history overseas. However, he was seen frequenting into the muslim prayer hall. The old man, based on his medical records, has diabetes and hypertention.  

"The patient sought medical consultation at a hospital in Metro Manila last March 1 and was admitted with severe pneumonia. Specimen collected on March 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on March 5," Duque said.

Duque said contact tracing are now started by an expert team of DOH health professionals to those friends and relatives of the two patients so that they can be quarantined immediately if they experience flu-like symptoms.



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