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DOH confirms first 2019 Novel Coronavirus Case in PH, Assures Public of Intensified Containment Measures

Novel Coronavirus

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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