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Philippines confirms first case of novel coronavirus

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 30) — The Philippines has confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.

Local health officials announced that a female Chinese national is the country’s first case of 2019-nCoV, which was first reported in Wuhan City in China.

The Department of Health had earlier put 23 people under investigation for 2019-nCoV after they showed flu-like symptoms.

Seventeen of them are in Metro Manila, including a man infected with HIV who died of pneumonia. Two are in Central Visayas, and there is one person under investigation each in Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Davao.

The DOH previously reported that there is one person under investigation in Northern Mindanao, but that suspected case is no longer included in its January 29 report on 2019-nCoV.

The number of people infected with 2019-nCoV has exceeded the count during the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak, with now more than 7,700 confirmed cases in mainland China, including 170 deaths, CNN reported.

This marks an increase of almost 30% in the number of cases from the previous day.

The virus has also spread outside of China, with cases being reported in countries including Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Sri Lanka and Australia.



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