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Philippines confirmed its first case of coronavirus from a Chinese tourists from Wuhan

The Philippines on Thursday (Jan 31) confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus, announced by Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in a press conference.

The patient is a 38-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan, China that arrived in the Philippines from Hongkong last January 21st.

The woman sought consultation and admitted on January 25 after experiencing cough as she is currently asymptomatic, which means she had no fever and no other symptoms of illness.

"Stay calm and vigilant at all times... Adopt a healthy lifestyle," advised by Duque.

The virus has also spread outside of China, with cases being reported in countries including Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Sri Lanka and Australia.


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