- The Philippine Embassy in South Korea confirmed the first case of coronavirus disease involving a Filipino in the said East Asian country
- The embassy said the Filipino patient based in South Korea has an overseas travel history
- On March 19, he was tested at a hospital in South Korea and was confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 the next day
- To extend assistance to the COVID-19 positive Filipino, the embassy is currently in close coordination with Korean health authorities
The first case of coronavirus disease involving a Filipino in South Korea is confirmed on March 20, the Philippine Embassy in South Korea revealed.
The embassy in Seoul detailed that the Filipino based in the said East Asian country who caught the virus has overseas travel history before exhibiting symptoms.
"The Filipino national lives and works at Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon," the embassy announced on social media.
"Said Filipino national traveled to Geneva, Switzerland from 07 to 12 March, and arrived in South Korea on 16 March," it added.
He was tested at a hospital in South Korea on March 19 and was confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 the following day.
“The Embassy is in close coordination with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities and stands ready to extend assistance to the COVID-19 positive Filipino national as needed,” it stated.
According to a report by Philippine Star, Korea Centers for Disease Control said South Korea has 87 new cases of COVID-19 infection detected on March 20, taking the total to 8,652 cases.
As of this posting, the death toll in the country due to COVID-19 remained at 94.
In a previous report by KAMI, South Korea announced that the number of their cured patients is higher than the newly recorded cases for the first time since the novel coronavirus became a pandemic.
It is believed that the development in South Korea will bring hope to other countries that are greatly affected by the pandemic.
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