2 foreigners with coronavirus after Philippine visit? Health dept says seeking info


Posted at Mar 06 2020 09:28 AM | Updated as of Mar 06 2020 02:03 PM

2 foreigners with coronavirus after Philippine visit? Health dept says seeking info 1
A passenger wearing a protective mask carries her luggage outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Feb. 18, 2020. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters/File

MANILA — The health department said Tuesday it was seeking information on 2 foreigners who reportedly tested positive for coronavirus after returning to their countries from the Philippines.

The 2 cases include a 30-year-old male resident of northern Taiwan and an elderly woman in New South Wales, Australia.

Authorities are verifying the travel itinerary and personal background of the pair, said Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

"Sa lahat po nitong mga overseas foreign nationals na nagpopositibo po sa ibang bansa, kinukuha po natin lahat ng detalye," she told DZMM.

(We are getting the details of all foreign nationals who tested positive in other countries.)

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The health department could also start tracing individuals who had close contact with the 2 foreigners if their travel to the Philippines is confirmed, she said.

The Philippines so far confirmed 3 cases of the novel coronavirus, including 1 death, which were all from Wuhan City in central China where the pathogen first emerged late last year.

Globally, the virus has killed more than 3,000 people and infected over 90,000 even as a clear shift in the crisis emerges, with 9 times as many cases recorded outside China as inside, according to the World Health Organization. With a report from Agence France-Presse