DOH confirms 1st case of novel coronavirus in Philippines

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The Department of Health (DOH) announced today the first confirmed case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Philippines.

“The DOH is confirming the 38-year-old female Chinese patient under investigation (PUI) is positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) after her laboratory results arrived today from the Victoria Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in press conference today.

He said that the DOH continues to guarantee the public that all necessary precautionary measures are being taken to stop the spread of the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on December 31, 2019, WHO was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.

“The virus did not match any other known virus. This raised concern because when a virus is new, we do not know how it affects people,” WHO said. “One week later, on 7 January, Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new virus. The new virus is a coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. This new virus was temporarily named “2019-nCoV”.”