DOH: Filipino infected of COVID-19 recovers; two new cases reported

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 16) — A Filipino who tested positive of the coronavirus in the country already recovered, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.

DOH said PH14, a 46-year-old male had cough and fever last Feb. 25, is already asymptomatic and tested negative twice of the virus. He was admitted last March 5 at Makati Medical Center and was confirmed positive of the virus last March 9.

He is the first Filipino national in the country who tested positive who recovered. This brings now the total number of recovered patients in the country to three.

Meanwhile, two new cases of COVID-19 were also reported today, bringing the total of the country’s cases to 142.

However, the DOH did not provide any information on the new cases.

“There is no reason for us to be complacent. In order to contain the virus, we may also need to extend the community quarantine to other areas of the country,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

“We need the public to cooperate with us now more than ever, and serve as our partners in ensuring that the spread of COVID-19 is put to halt,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered an enhanced community quarantine in the whole Luzon as a preventive measure on COVID-19 pandemic.