4 new confirmed Covid-positive patients bring total cases in PH to 10

Four new cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 10 in the Philippines on Sunday.

The samples of the confirmed cases were tested on Saturday.

Currently, the DOH is investigating all the cases and is in coordination with concerned local government units and the Centers for Health Development for control measures against the virus.

The four new cases are a Taiwanese male, American male, and two Filipino male. All of them are admitted to a private hospital.

The 38-year-old Taiwanese patient had a contact with a Taiwanese foreign national who visited the Philippines and tested positive of the virus in Taiwan. The patient has no travel history outside of the Philippines and the symptoms started March 3.

The 32-year-old Filipino patient has a travel history to Japan within the past two weeks and began experiencing symptoms on March 5.

The 86-year-old American patient has a travel history to the United States and South Korea. The patient, with pre-existing hypertension, began experiencing symptoms on March 1.

The 57-year-old Filipino patient has no travel history outside the country. However, it was reported that he had a contact with a COVID-19-positive case. The health agency is still probing the details of his exposure.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the DOH and the Inter-Agency Task Force are implementing pre-planned measures now that there are confirmed cases of localized transmission.

Duque advised to practice personal preventive measure such as proper hand hygiene, social distancing, and cough etiquette. He added that the public should refrain from going to public places and attending mass gatherings.