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One of the Filipino patients that tests positive for coronavirus has a travel history to Taiwan

The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed 10 additional cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), on top of the 4 new cases last weekend in the Philippines, bringing the latest tally to 20.

One out of the new confirmed patients is a 41-year old Filipino man who has travel history to Taiwan. The patient is currently admitted at Tricity Medical Center. It is advised to have self-quarantine if travelled abroad.

“DOH reported 10 more coronavirus cases on top of four new cases announced yesterday. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 20,” DOH Assistant Secretary on public health services Ma. Rosario Vergeire announced.

The sudden increase in the number of patients found infected with COVID-19 was due to DOH’s “intensified surveillance” on suspected cases of the disease, Vergeire added.

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire Philippines under a state of public health emergency due to threats of COVID-19.


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