THE Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 the country’s first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The patient, a 38-year-old female from Wuhan, China arrived in the country last Jan. 21.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III assured the public that all necessary precautionary measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus.
“I urge the public to stay calm and remain vigilant at all times. Let us continue to practice good personal hygiene and adopt healthy lifestyles,” Duque said.
Results of laboratory tests done on the patient arrived Thursday, Jan. 30, from the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia where her swab samples were found positive for 2019-nCoV.
The patient was admitted in one of the country’s government hospitals last Jan. 25 after experiencing mild cough. The DOH, however, refused to name the hospital.
“She is currently asymptomatic,” said Duque in a press statement.
“I assure the public that the Department of Health is on top of this evolving situation. We were able to detect the first confirmed case because of our strong surveillance system, close coordination with World Health…
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