San Juan City has most number of COVID-19 patients

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) — The city of San Juan has recorded the most number of people with COVID-19, according to data from the Health Department shown before a House panel on Wednesday.

Seven of the 33 people who had tested positive for the viral diseasein the country are from San Juan. Marikina comes in second with four residents testing positive.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said two of them live in Barangay Greenhills, while five other patients live in Barangays Matunas, Little Baguio, West Crame, and Corazon de Jesus.

Five of the seven people who have COVID-19 in San Juan had no recent travel outside the country.

San Juan City has started a sanitation and disinfection program. Canon and turbo misting was done in schools and in the streets of Barangay West Crame.

"Let us all stay calm and undertake all precautionary measures in order for COVID-19 not to spread in the City of San Juan," Zamora said in a statement.

A 62-year-old patient who frequented a prayer hall in Greenhills is counted as a patient from Cainta, where he resides, Zamora said. The man, who is in a critical condition, is the country's first local case as he has no travel history outside the Philippines. His wife is recorded as the first local transmission.

Quezon City and Pasig City each recorded three people with COVID-19, while Cainta town in Rizal, New Clark City in Tarlac, and Makati City each have two infected patients.

San Juan del Monte town in Bulacan, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City and Imus, Cavite each reported a person with COVID-19, which is caused by the SARS CoV-2 or the novel coronavirus.

Twenty-one of the COVID-19 patients in the Philippines are male, while 12 are female. Twenty-eight are Filipinos, while five are foreigners. Most are also below 60, with 22 people within that age range, and 11 persons above 60 years old.

The foreigners who tested positive for the viral illness include one Taiwanese, one American and three visitors from Wuhan, China — where the disease was first reported. Two of the Chinese patients have since recovered and left the country while one died.

Of around 119,000 cases recorded worldwide, 5 percent are in critical condition, 15 percent are exhibiting moderate to severe symptoms, and 80 percent are showing mild symptoms, according to the World Health Organization. Most people recover from the virus.