Olongapo, Navotas report first COVID-19 case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 28) – The cities of Olongapo and Navotas confirmed their first COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

An elderly man is the first COVID-19 case in Olongapo City, Zambales, the city government announced in a statement.

The patient is a 75-year old Filipino male, who had a history of travel in Manila.

The patient is now in stable condition at a medical facility in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, the announcement said.

In Navotas, Mayor Toby Tiangco confirmed that a patient who died in hospital in the city on March 24 as the city’s first positive case of COVID-19.

The patient was admitted to the hospital due to a breathing difficulty. He also had tuberculosis. He died shortly after admission, the mayor said.

“Our first COVID-19 casualty lived in a densely populated area. It is also where our Task Force NavoDAMPOT apprehends most of the violators of home quarantine. Unless, we follow the quarantine rules, we can expect more cases of COVID-19 in our city,” said Tiangco.

As of March 28, Navotas had 125 persons under monitoring and 21 persons under investigation.

Four PUIs died in Navotas. Of the four, one came out negative and three are awaiting test results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Both cities are now conducting contact tracing to contain the spread of the disease.

The Philippines has 1,075 confirmed cases of the disease, as of 4 p.m. today. 68 lives were claimed and 35 have recovered due to COVID-19.