Filipino in Singapore positive for coronavirus, DFA says


Posted at Feb 23 2020 07:13 PM

Commuters wearing masks in precaution of the coronavirus outbreak are pictured in a train during their morning commute in Singapore Feb. 18, 2020. Edgar Su, Reuters file photo

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Sunday that a Filipino tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Singapore. 

On Twitter, DFA Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said the Philippine Embassy in Singapore said a Filipino tested positive for the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID 19) and is now in isolation at the city state's National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

"This is first confirmed case involving a Filipino in SG," Dulay said. 

Singapore health officials continue to monitor the condition and well-being of the Filipino who tested positive. 

The DFA did not give further details. 

Meanwhile, Singapore has advised travelers to avoid non-essential travel to the South Korean cities of Daegu and Cheongdo amid the rising number of COVID-19 infections in these areas. 

Singapore has 89 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, according to The Straits Times.