10 new coronavirus patients are all Filipinos – DOH
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) revealed Monday afternoon 10 more patients infected with COVID-19, boosting the count to 20 in less than 24 hours since it confirmed four new coronavirus disease cases in the country.
According to the health agency’s data, the additional 10 cases of COVID-19 are all Filipinos but not all of them had traveled to virus-stricken countries recently or had encountered known infected individuals.
Based on DOH’s statistics, patient number 11 or “PH 11” is a 72-year-old man, who neither had recent travels to countries affected by COVID-19 nor had any contact with an infected person. The patient manifested “cough with co-morbidity” and is now confined in The Medical City in Ortigas. DOH said it is still validating the date when his symptom started.
The 12th case or “PH 12” is a 56-year-old man who traveled lately to the United Arab Emirates. He began having fever and cough on February 9.
“PH 13” is a 34-year-old male who traveled to Australia and started having fever on February 28.
“PH 14” is a 46-year-old male who had no recent travel history abroad but exhibited fever and cough since February 25.
“PH 15” is another male who started coughing on March 1. DOH said it has yet to determine if the 24-year-old has just traveled to countries affected by COVID-19.
Patient numbers 12 to 15 are admitted to the Makati Medical Center, DOH noted.
“PH 16” is a 70-year-old male who had an exposure to an identified carrier of the virus. He began experiencing cough, sore throat, and colds on March 1.
Similarly, “PH 17” had been exposed to another infected person. The 69-year-old female’s COVID-19 symptoms – cough and colds – started to manifest also on March 1.
DOH said PH 16 and PH 17 are currently getting medical attention at Unihealth Parañaque Hospital.
Meanwhile, “PH 18” and “PH 19” are now confined in Trinity Medical Center in Pasig City.
PH 18 is a 41-year-old male, who started having fever, headache, and body malaise on February 26 after traveling to Taiwan.
PH 19, on the other hand, is a 46-year-old female who had no recent travel history to virus-hit countries. DOH said the onset of her COVID-19 symptoms is still “under investigation.”
As for “PH 20”, the health agency said the 48-year-old male recently traveled to Japan and on February 29 exhibited cough and body malaise. He is currently being treated at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City.
The DOH is still validating the medical condition of all these new cases as of posting time. It also said that it has yet to determine the link of any of these new patients to previous cases.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Coronavirus is a family of viruses, which surfaces have a crown-like appearance. The viruses are named for the spikes on their surfaces.
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