Today, the Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the Philippines.
The patient is 38 year-old female Chinese patient who arrived in the Philippines from Wuhan, China via Hongkong last January 21, 2020.
The announcement was done today by DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III in a press briefing, after results were received from the confirmatory test done at the reference laboratory in Australia.
Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that they will be reconvening the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee meeting on the 2019 novel coronavirus.
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