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Philippines recorded 10 new coronavirus cases - all Filipinos, total cases jumps to 20

The Department of Health (DOH) reported ten (10) new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), on top of the four (4) new cases announced yesterday, March 8, 2020. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 20.

All test results from the new cases were released today, after samples were collected last March 6, 7, and 8.

The Epidemiology Bureau (EB) of DOH is currently conducting comprehensive contact tracing activities for the said cases. DOH is also currently in coordination with concerned Local Government Units and Centers for Health Development for localized response and implementation of infection prevention and control measures.

“DOH has deployed additional surveillance teams to expedite contact tracing of the new cases. Rest assured that DOH is maximizing all channels, including coordinating with the Philippine National Police, other stakeholders and government agencies, to immediately identify, and isolate if needed, those who may have had contact with the confirmed cases,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.


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