MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has reported four new cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, bringing the total count of infections in the country to 10. On Sunday evening, March 8, DOH announced that the tests were conducted on Saturday, March 7 and the results came the next day.
Two of the four cases are Filipinos – a 57-year-old with no travel history outside the Philippines and a 32-year-old who traveled to Japan in the past 14 days. The former was reportedly in contact with one of the confirmed cases in the Philippines. The latter started showing symptoms of the coronavirus on March 5 after returning from the trip to Japan.
The third confirmed case is a 38-year-old Taiwanese male who was in contact with another Taiwanese that recently visited the Philippines and tested positive in Taiwan. “The patient has a history of contact with a Taiwanese foreign national who visited the Philippines and tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan. The patient has no history of travel outside of the country and his symptoms started last March 3,” DOH said.
The fourth newly confirmed case is an 86-year-old American male. He has pre-existing hypertension and has a history of travel to the USA and South Korea.
All patients are currently admitted at private hospitals. DOH has done contact tracing and is urging individuals being contacted to cooperate with the investigation. The department also encouraged the public to practice cautionary measures to prevent the further spread of the virus. “In the meantime, let us refrain from visiting public places and/or attending mass gatherings. DOH is exhausting all its efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19,” said DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III.