The Department of Health (DOH) has raised its alert level to Code Red for coronavirus, or COVID-19 on March 7. Along with raising the alert level, the state health department has also confirmed local transmission of the deadly virus.
Currently, the Philippines has six confirmed cases of COVID-19. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the country’s fifth and sixth cases are a 62-year-old male who is now suffering from severe pneumonia, and his wife, who previously tested positive for the virus.
According to a report from ABS-CBN News, both patients are now confined at the state-run Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The report added that the man had no history of travel outside of the Philippines. He experienced coughs on February 25 and was admitted at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan on March 1 with severe pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 5.
The man also frequented a Muslim prayer hall in San Juan. He also has preexisting conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
The country recorded its first three cases of COVID-19 that involved Chinese nationals who had a history of travel to Wuhan, China. The first case passed away from acute respiratory disease on February 1, while the two cases were able to recover and return home. The country’s fourth case of COVID-19 is a 48-year-old Filipino male who traveled to Japan.
The DOH has urged worshippers from the prayer hall who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to call the DOH hotline at (02) 8651-7800 local 1149 to 1150 for a referral to a health facility.
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