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Philippines lists 1st coronavirus patient and 29 under investigation for 'suspected case'

Philippines confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus which is 38-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan announced by Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in a press conference.

"I assure the public that the DOH is on top of this evolving situation. We were able to detect the first confirmed case because of our strong surveillance system, close coordination with the World Health Organization and other national agencies," Duque said.

"We are working closely with the hospital where the patient is admitted and have activated the incident command system of the said hospital for appropriate management specifically on infection control, case management and containment," he added.

There are currently 29 more persons under investigation for possible nCoV infection nationwide.

DOH is in close coordination with the Interagency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and would convene to discuss the first confirmed case at the 29 with suspected case.


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