Valenzuela City Confirms First Case Of New Coronavirus, COVID-19
VALENZUELA CONFIRMS FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE – The Philippines has continued to see a trending increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
In lieu of this, President Rodrigo Duterte imposed an enhanced community quarantine in the entirety of Luzon.
However, cities have been citing their first cases of COVID-19. Recently, Cebu City in the Visayas confirmed its first coronavirus case. Likewise, Valenzuela city also had its first encounter with the disease.
According to reports from Inquirer, the first COVID-19 case in the city was a 34-year-old woman. But, she was reported to have no travel history to countries hit by the virus.
Although, the woman was exposed to an individual who recently went to Malaysia, which, much like most countries, has closed its borders following increasing cases of COVID-19.
As per the report, Malaysia closed its borders earlier this week after 670 cases were confirmed in the country. Authorities suspected that the outbreak followed by an event attended by 16,000 pilgrims late February.
Meanwhile, Mayor Rex Gatchalian reported that the patient showed mild flu-like symptoms. Additionally, the patient was placed under strict home quarantine.
As such, she is being monitored by the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (Cesu). But, some residents still echoed concerns that the disease could spread easily.
However, the Mayor reassured his residents as the Cesu officials would do constant monitoring until she recovers.
The DOH (Department of Health) protocol is being followed. The symptoms are very mild flu-like symptoms. Our hospitals in the country are swamped already with cases. The DOH protocol dictates admission only if the patient has severe symptoms,
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