Mandaluyong golf club shut after guest tests positive for coronavirus

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) — The Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City is temporarily closed starting Wednesday after a guest who accompanied a member that played there tested positive for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

The golf club is closed until further notice, according to a letter addressed to its members, signed by its President, Lawrence Tan.

"This time would be an opportunity to disinfect and sanitize the premises, to ensure that our Club remains a safe place for everyone," Tan said in a letter dated March 10.

He added that there "was no intention whatsoever to single-out or discriminate against anybody" following the leak of the incident report which was meant for the Board of Directors and top management.

It is not clear if the infected guest was found to have coronavirus in the Philippines or in another country. The Department of Health has not issued a statement on this patient.

The Philippines has reported a total of 33 coronavirus cases – 30 of them are admitted in hospitals mostly in Metro Manila. The other three are the Chinese visitors who earlier tested positive for the virus in the Philippines – one of them died, while the remaining two have since recovered and left the country.

COVID-19 has killed more than 4,200 people, mostly in China, since the outbreak began in Wuhan City in Hubei province in December last year. It has infected over 119,000 people worldwide.

According to the World Health Organization, the most commonly reported symptoms are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Eight in 10 or around 80 percent of infected patients experience "mild illness" and eventually recover from the coronavirus disease. Some 14 percent experience severe illness while 5 percent were critically ill, the WHO said.

To prevent infection, authorities are urging people to practice regular hand washing, cover the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoid close contact with those who show respiratory symptoms.