The island province of Basilan in the southern Philippines has logged its first case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Governor Jim Hataman Salliman said Wednesday.
The 47-year old patient is a resident of Barangay Bohe-lebbung, in the municipality of Tipo-Tipo.
In a press statement, the municipal government said the patient has his regular dialysis done in Zamboanga City Medical Center at least twice a week.
He initially tested positive in a rapid test conducted in Lamitan City and was placed under isolation. A subsequent PCR test confirmed the initial result.
The patient is currently confined at the Zamboanga City Medical Center.
Exhaustive contact tracing is now being conducted in the municipality to identify those who may have been exposed to the patient.
"Pinakuha natin 'yung listahan ng passengers na pumapasok para at least makita natin. And in the same manner, yung tricycle na sinakyan niya, na-locate na rin natin," said Saliman.
Bole-lebbung, a shoreline barangay with 3,000 population, was placed under lockdown as a preventive measure to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines has reached 15,049 on Wednesday after the Department of Health reported 380 new cases. The cumulative tally includes 904 deaths and 3,506 recoveries.