BREAKING: Philippines Now Has First Confirmed Case of 2019-nCoV

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health on Thursday, January 30, 2020 has announced that the Philippines now has its first confirmed case of 2019-nCoV.

The 38-year-old Chinese woman has traveled to Cebu and Dumaguete cities after arriving from Wuhan City, China. The Department of Health and the Bureau of Quarantine are now closely coordinating with the local health units in Region 7.

In the press conference, DOH also announced that they have started contact tracing of the patient after she has traveled to the said Central Visayas cities. “We requested for the flight details and carriers and saan pumunta (where she went) after we have gathered info from patients… We also coordinated with Region 7. We are looking at the places they’ve been to in Cebu and Dumaguete,” said Chino Avelino, director of the Epidemiology Bureau of DOH.

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia has already ordered a 14-day quarantine of all passengers arriving from China in Cebu. Airline companies have also started cancelling flights from China.

This is a developing story.

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