President Rodrigo Duterte announced in a press briefing after his meeting with the task force on emerging infectious diseases four new cases of the new virus that causes coronavirus disease, officially known COVID-19, just hours after the Health Department reported 10 new patients.
All the new cases earlier announced by the Health Department are Filipinos, three of whom have no travel history outside of the country, while two have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
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Four of them have travelled to the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Taiwan and Japan, respectively.
Health authorities have yet to determine whether one of the new patients, a 24-year-old man who began coughing on March 1, has a history of travel outside of the country.
He, along with a 56-year-old man, a 34-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman, are currently admitted at the Makati Medical Center.
A 72-year-old man is admitted at The Medical City in Pasig, while a 48-year-old man is admitted at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City.
Nearly all of the new cases exhibited symptoms including coughing, fever and colds, except a 46-year-old woman whose onset of symptoms are still under investigation.
Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire attributed the sudden spike in new cases to better surveillance of COVID-19 by the Health Department.
Vergeire said that despite a spike in coronavirus cases, there is still not enough evidence to say that there is community transmission of the virus in the country.
Source: CNN Philippines