LOOK: Greenhills virtually deserted, as coronavirus scare grips mall

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 08 2020 12:16 AM | Updated as of Mar 08 2020 07:44 PM

MANILA—Usually bustling during the weekends, the Greenhills shopping center in San Juan was virtually empty on Saturday after the Philippine health department said one of the country's new cases of the new coronavirus frequented the area.

The Greenhills shopping center in San Juan is nearly empty after health authorities said one of the Philippines' new cases of the novel coronavirus often visited the area. Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

The Greenhills shopping center in San Juan is nearly empty after health authorities said one of the Philippines' new cases of the novel coronavirus often visited the area. Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

The Greenhills shopping center in San Juan is nearly empty after health authorities said one of the Philippines' new cases of the novel coronavirus often visited the area. Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

The Greenhills shopping center in San Juan is nearly empty after health authorities said one of the Philippines' new cases of the novel coronavirus often visited the area. Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier said one of the two new COVID-19 cases in the country frequented a Muslim prayer hall in Barangay Greenhills.

The 62-year-old patient, the country's 5th coronavirus patient, had coughs on Feb. 25, before being admitted at a Manila hospital on March 1 with severe pneumonia. He then tested positive for COVID-19 on March 5.

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora earlier said local authorities are prepared to respond should the virus start to spread in his city.

"We've already activated our crisis management team...the San Juan Medical Center is ready and our San Juan City health department is ready," Zamora told ANC.

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