• O.G. Wright

Coronavirus Has Arrived In The Philippines With One Confirmed And 29 Under Investigation


The Philippines has recorded its first Coronavirus today. The first patient to be Coronavirus patient is identified as a Chinese female student.


“Today the DOH (Department of Health) is confirming that a Chinese female student is positive for novel coronavirus 2019 after her lab results arrived from the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a press briefing.


The 38-year-old student had traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China, via Hong Kong on January 21. She sought treatment on January 25 due to a mild cough.

DOH has recorded a total of 29 patients under investigation (PUIs) for suspected novel coronavirus:


18 in Metro Manila

4 in Central Visayas

3 in Western Visayas

1 in MIMAROPA

1 in Eastern Visayas

1 in Northern Mindanao

1 in Davao.

23 PUIs are currently admitted and 5 have been discharged but are still under strict monitoring. DOH also reported one PUI mortality.

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