Bulacan coronavirus patient is from San Jose Del Monte, officials say

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) — A 58-year-old Filipina from San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan is among the country's confirmed coronavirus cases.

Representative Florida Robes of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte said in a statement on Wednesday that the patient had no recent overseas travel history.

The patient is admitted at Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium in Caloocan City. She experienced cough, fever, and shortness of breath on March 4, and tested positive for coronavirus five days later, Robes said.

She added that the city government has quarantined the patient's family members and house companions.

This clarifies earlier information disclosed by President Rodrigo Duterte that the patient was a resident of Sta. Maria town, some 16 kilometers west of San Jose Del Monte City.

Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando said local authorities are coordinating with the DOH to determine the people who had close contact with the coronavirus patient. He has suspended classes in all levels in public and private schools until March 14, similar to the directive given by Duterte for Metro Manila.

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The Philippines has reported a total of 33 coronavirus cases – 30 of them are admitted in hospitals mostly in Metro Manila. The other three are the Chinese visitors who earlier tested positive for the virus in the Philippines – one of them died, while the remaining two have since recovered and left the country.

Worldwide, the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 has killed more than 4,200 people, mostly in China, since the outbreak began in Wuhan City in Hubei province in December last year. It has infected over 115,800 people worldwide.

According to the World Health Organization, the most commonly reported symptoms are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Eight in 10 or around 80 percent of infected patients experience "mild illness" and eventually recover from the coronavirus disease. Some 14 percent experience severe illness while 5 percent were critically ill, the WHO said.

To prevent infection, authorities are urging people to practice regular hand washing, cover the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoid close contact with those who show respiratory symptoms.