Philippines confirms first case of new coronavirus: Health minister

Philippines confirms first case of new coronavirus: Health minister

People wear masks at a transportation hub in Paranaque,
People wear masks at a transportation hub in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines, Jan 30, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez) 

MANILA: Philippine health officials have confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the country.

A 38-year-old Chinese woman, who arrived in the country from Wuhan, China, on Jan 21, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference.

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Duque said the patient, confined in a government hospital, is currently asymptomatic.

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