Though there haven’t been any new confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines, two people who traveled from the country to Taiwan and Australia have tested positive for the virus.
One patient, a man in his 30s, spent five days in the Philippines and returned to Taiwan on March 3, according to CNN Philippines. Taiwan records show that he experienced diarrhea in the Philippines and went to a clinic in Taiwan upon his return for dry throat and fatigue. The Department of Health and Department of Foreign Affairs have yet to confirm the case, according to Inquirer.
Another patient is a woman in her 60s who returned to Australia on March 3, according to the CNN report. The government of New South Wales in Australia said her travel details are being obtained and will be released if she posed a risk to other passengers on the flight.
Taiwan and Australia now each have over 40 cases of confirmed infections. In the Philippines, there have been three confirmed cases, all Chinese nationals. One resulted in death, one recovered, and one was confirmed after she had already returned to China.
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