Zamboanga del Sur reports first two COVID-19 cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) — Zamboanga del Sur has reported the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province.

Zamboanga del Sur Governor Victor Yu made the announcement Monday.

Out of seven people in the province who were tested, results for the two have come out positive for the coronavirus disease, based on the findings of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center Chief Dr. Anatalio Cagampang disclosed that their 52-year-old-male patient from Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur traveled from Taguig to Zamboanga City on March 14 and later to Labangan town.

The patient manifested cough, soar throat, fever and a cold after arrival in Labangan and was placed at the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center Isolation Area on March 17. His specimen were taken for testing on March 19.

The other patient is a 62-year-old woman who went to Manila on March 5 and was back to Pagadian on March 7. She manifested symptoms on March 13 including cough, soar throat and a cold. She decided to self medicate and self quarantine and was later admitted on March 19.

The two patients are both physically and clinically stable, the doctor said and reminded that there were COVID-19 positive patients who could improve and recover.

Yu said their team immediately conducted contact tracing even before the results arrived considering that the two were on high probability of contacts with others positive with the disease.

He said the Zamboanga del Sur Task Force COVID-19 could not easily declare a lockdown in the province despite the two positive cases, but the provincial government would intensify security at its borders to contain the spread of the virus.