The Philippines Now Has A Total Of 10 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

The Department Of Health confirmed four new cases on March 8.
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On March 8, the Department of Health confirmed four new cases of coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in the Philippines, bringing the total to 10.

In a statement, DOH provided a background on the four new patients, who are all admitted to private hospitals. The health bureau did not disclose the areas of the patients' residences nor the names of the hospitals where they are receiving treatment. 

The seventh case is that of a 38-year-old Taiwanese male who has not traveled outside the Philippines but has a history of contact with a Taiwanese national who visited the Philippines and tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan. He showed symptoms on March 3.

The eighth case is of a 32-year-old Filipino male who traveled to Japan within the last 15 days. He showed symptoms on March 5.

The ninth case is of an 86-year-old American male who has pre-existing hypertension and traveled to the US and South Korea. He started to show symptoms on March 1.

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The tenth case is that of a 57-year-old Filipino male who has not traveled outside of the Philippines. It is still being investigated whether he came in contact with someone with COVID-19.

On March 6, Health Secretary Dr. Francisco T. Duque III confirmed the fourth and fifth cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, that of a 48-year-old Filipino male who traveled to Japan, and that of 62-year-old Filipino male who has no history of travel outside of the Philippines but was reported to have frequented a Muslim prayer hall in San Juan City. The 62-year-old's wife also tested positive for COVID-19, making her the sixth confirmed case of coronavirus disease in the country.

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This prompted the DOH to raised its alert level to code red as it confirmed the local transmission of the disease.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated that President Rodrigo Duterte will hold a press briefing on March 9 and will release an executive order (EO) to make a declaration on the state of a public health emergency. 

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