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Philippines records 3 new coronavirus patients as total cases spikes to 52

The Philippines reported 3 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, March 12, bringing the total number of patients who tested positive with the virus to 52. 

The Department of Health (DOH) said all 3 patients are Filipinos.

A 69-year-old Filipino woman from Quezon City, a 26-year-old man from Quezon City and a 79-year-old woman who had traveled to the United Kingdom are the country's newest COVID-19 patients.

The DOH said it has coordinated with concerned local government units to conduct "extensive" information gathering and contact tracing activities on the 3 new patients.   

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appealed to the public to cooperate in tracing people who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients. WHO now calls COVID-19 a pandemic, but stressed that this should not cause alarm as it can still be controlled.

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