Philippines Confirms First Case Of New Coronavirus

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Philippine health officials have confirmed the first case of the new novel 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.

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

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.

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The virus has spread in countries including Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Sri Lanka and Australia.

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