On March 6, 2020, Health Secretary Dr. Francisco T. Duque III, announced to the press that there are two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Manila, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to five.
"The fourth confirmed case is a 48-year-old male Filipino with travel history to Japan. The patient returned to the Philippines last February 25 and experienced chills and fever beginning March 3. The patient sought medical consultation at a hospital and samples were collected for testing. Results tested positive for COVID-19 on March 5. He is currently stable and admitted in the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)," he said.
"The fifth confirmed case is a 62-year-old male Filipino with known hypertension and diabetes mellitus, who experienced cough with phlegm last Febraury 25. The patient sought medical consultation at a hospital in Metro Manila last March 1, and was admitted with severe pneumonia. Specimen collected on March 4 tested positive for COVID-19 on March 5. He also has no known history of travel outside of the country," he followed up. He later added that this fifth patient regularly visited a Muslim prayer hall in San Juan City and called on other visitors of the prayer hall to get in touch with the DOH if they experience any symptoms like fever.
Duque also announced that the Department of Health is working closely with local government units concerned to trace people who have had interactions with the patients and to strengthen efforts to prevent the spread of infection.
If you experience any symptoms, you may call the DOH hotline at 02-86517800 loc. 1149-1150.