Philippines confirms two new coronavirus cases


MANILA — The Philippines confirmed two new coronavirus cases or COVID-19 in the country, which brings the total number to five, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Friday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during the press briefing said the two new cases were a 48-year-old male Filipino with a travel history from Japan and a 62-year-old male Filipino in San Juan City with no travel history but has frequently visited a Muslim prayer hall and has hypertension and diabetes.

Prior to the announcement of the two new cases, there have been three confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, all tourists from China who arrived in January.

Two of them have recovered and one died.

The DOH, in coordination with the Philippine National Police and airline companies, launched contact tracing efforts for those whom they have possibly interacted with to prevent local transmission of the virus.

Source: GMA News

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