MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has confirmed two new COVID-19 cases in the country, bringing the total count of infected to five. In a Friday press conference, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that two male patients have contracted the coronavirus that has killed over 3,300 people worldwide.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said that both new cases are men aged 48 and 62. The 48-year-old patient tested positive after returning to the Philippines from a trip to Japan. The 62-year-old patient is currently suffering from hypertension and has severe pneumonia, according to Duque.
Both patients are currently admitted at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City and are being observed.
The Philippines currently has 600 patients under investigation (PUI) for the said coronavirus. Most of the PUIs are from Metro Manila.
COVID-19 has infected over 55,000 people worldwide with most cases from mainland China. South Korea has the second-highest number of cases outside of China and have since implemented nationwide cautionary measures to prevent the further spread of the virus.