Quezon City now has 5 coronavirus cases: Mayor Belmonte


Posted at Mar 12 2020 08:14 AM | Updated as of Mar 12 2020 09:50 AM

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(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story erroneously said Quezon City's fifth patient is from Barangay West Crame. The patient is a resident of Barangay BL Crame, according to Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmote. We regret the error.)

MANILA — A fifth patient in Quezon City tested positive for the 2019 coronavirus disease, the mayor of Metro Manila's most populous city said Thursday.

The city's 5th COVID patient received his test results only on Thursday, said Mayor Joy Belmonte, who could not immediately say if the case was among 49 patients in the Department of Health's nationwide tally.

The male patient, 26, is a resident of Barangay BL Crame and has no recent travel abroad. A hospital initially diagnosed his disease as dengue, said the mayor. 

His family will also be tested for COVID-19, Belmonte said. 

"Iyong nanay nagsasabing iyong mga ibang anak nagkakaroon na rin po ng kaunting ubo-ubo. Sana hindi connected," she told DZMM. 

(His mother said her other children also have mild coughs. We hope it's not connected.)

Quezon City, north of Metro Manila, has a population of 2.9 million people, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Belmonte earlier said Quezon City's 4 other patients included the following: 

- a 27-year-old doctor who contracted the virus while treating a patient with COVID-19 in a hospital outside Quezon City; 

- a 57-year-old man who lives in Baler Street, did not travel abroad, and received visitors from China, the US, and Davao; 

- a man in his 30s who lives in a condominium unit in Tomas Morato Avenue; and 

- a resident of the Project 6 area. 

The World Health Organization called the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday, as cases across the globe rose to more than 124,000 with 4,500 deaths. 
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday placed the country under a state of public health emergency to arrest the pathogen's spread. 

More details to follow.