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3 From South Korea, Japan, Singapore Get Novel Coronavirus After Visiting Philippines

CORONAVIRUS – Three more visitors from Singapore, Japan, South Korea tested positive for novel coronavirus after visiting the Philippine.

In the span of 5 days, the novel coronavirus cases in the Philippines rose to 33. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte placed the country under a state of public health emergency due to the increasing number of COVID-19 patients.

A lawmaker proposed to put Metro Manila under lockdown amid the coronavirus threat. In a previous article, the president said its “too early to lock down” the city.

The Philippines reported the first death outside China. A 44-year-old Chinese tourist from Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly virus, died on February 1 from coronavirus.

Based on a report from Rappler, on Wednesday, March 11, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III confirmed that three more visitors from Singapore, Japan, and South Korea tested positive for coronavirus after visiting the Philippines.

“We have 6 confirmed cases of foreign nationals with history of travel to the Philippines,” Duque said.

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According to the report, Health Secretary Duque only referred the three cases as “nationals” and did not reveal their genders nor the dates they visited the country.

He said one Japanese is currently admitted to a medical facility in Japan. He visited the country within the last 7 to 9 days. A Singaporean who visited the Philippines for 3 days also tested positive for COVID-19.

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Based on the report, the South Korean who stayed in the country for two months also caught the coronavirus. Duque said there are now six (6) foreigners who tested positive for COVID-19 after leaving the Philippines.

The health agency previously confirmed that a Japanese male and woman and a Taiwanese man got infected with the deadly virus after traveling to the Philippines.

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