Just recently, the country has reported two new cases of COVID-19. It can be recalled that the country has not reported any new case for a month after the initial three cases. This brings together a total of five cases.
The fourth case is a 48-year-old Filipino with a history of travel to Japan. He returned to the Philippines last February 25 and experienced chills and fever starting March 3 and tested positive for COVID-19 last March 5. To date, he is now confined to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.
The fifth case is a 62-year-old Filipino with no known history of travel outside the country. He experienced cough with phlegm last February 25 and sought consultation at the Metro Manila hospital last March 1 and was admitted with severe pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19 last March 5. The patient also has a history of hypertension and diabetes.
The fifth case is the first “local case”. However, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that it is premature to say that the fifth case is a confirmation of local transmission of COVID-19.
“There is no transmission to speak of because we only have one. That’s why we’re doing contract tracing to establish whether or not there are another local cases or clustering of case,” states Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, in an article by Philippine Star. Read more: Philippines confirms two new cases of COVID-19