- The Department of Health (DOH) has just confirmed two additional positive cases of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines
- Health Secretary Francisco Duque said that the 4th case of COVID-19 is a Filipino lawyer who just came from Japan
- Meanwhile, the 5th patient is a 62-year-old who had no travel history outside the Philippines
- Both patients are currently admitted at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa
The Department of Health (DOH) has recently confirmed two additional positive cases of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) on Friday, making it a total of five cases in the Philippines.
KAMI learned that the patients are currently under quarantine at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa.
As reported by GMA News Online, the 4th case of coronavirus is a 48-year-old lawyer who recently came from Tokyo, Japan on February 25.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the male patient developed a fever on March 3 and it was on March 5 that he tested positive for COVID-19.
According to CNN Philippines, the 5th case of the coronavirus is a 62-year-old male patient who had no travel history outside the Philippines. However, he had been regularly visiting a Muslim prayer hall in Greenhills, San Juan City.
“It can be considered as a local case... The absence of travel is a clear indication that this is a local case," Duque said.
However, the health secretary clarified that they cannot declare yet that there is a local transmission in the country because the case is still premature.
"There is no transmission to speak of as of yet because we only have one. We're doing contact tracing to establish whether or not there are other cases or clustering of cases. But now it's premature to say there is a local transmission," Duque explained.
As reported by KAMI before, the DOH launched a TikTok video to give tips to prevent coronavirus.
The DOH previously reported three cases of coronavirus in the Philippines and one of them resulted in death.
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