Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Health Department reported late Sunday evening four new cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of people in the country who have been infected with the virus to 10.
All four were tested Saturday and their results were released Sunday, the department said.
Among them is a 38-year-old Taiwanese man with no history of travel outside of the Philippines. He began showing symptoms on March 3 after having contact with another Taiwanese national who visited the Philippines and tested positive for the virus upon return to Taiwan.
Another patient is a 57-year-old Filipino man who also had no history of travel outside of the country. He is said to have had contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus, but the Health Department said they are still investigating this.
Another Filipino, a 32-year-old man, also tested positive for the virus. He was screened after a trip to Japan in the past 14 days and after symptoms showed up on March 8.
An 86-year-old American man with hypertension and a travel history to the US and South Korea is also among those who have just tested positive for the new virus. His symptoms appeared on March 1.
The Health Department said all four patients are admitted to private hospitals, but does not specify the hospitals and their locations.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement that they immediately deployed additional surveillance teams and began contact tracing after they confirmed the first two cases of local transmission of the virus which causes coronavirus disease, officially known as COVID-19.
The Health Department urges all people who will be contacted by surveillance teams to cooperate.
People with fever or respiratory symptoms with a history of travel and exposure to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus are urged to call the Health Department at (02)8-651-7800 loc 1149-1150.
The new cases came just a day after the Health Department announced that local transmission of the virus has been confirmed in the country after a 62-year-old man from Cainta, Rizal with no previous travel history outside of the Philippines tested positive for the virus. His wife later on also tested positive.
Source : CNN Philippines