4 new confirmed coronavirus cases recorded in Metro Manila

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 9) — All four new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country are admitted in various private hospitals in Metro Manila, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III confirmed to CNN Philippines on Monday.

He said the 38-year-old Taiwanese man with no history of travel outside the Philippines is admitted at the Makati Medical Center, while the 32-year-old Filipino who traveled to Japan is confined in St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City. The 86 year-old American national who traveled to the US and South Korea was brought to the Medical City in Ortigas, while the 57-year-old man who has no recent travel history is in St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City.

"Lahat itong mga ospital na ito may kakayahan na pangasiwaan itong mga kaso," he said.

He added DOH will now disclose hospital names — where patients are admitted — to "combat fake news." He also warned hospitals against refusing patients showing symptoms linked to coronavirus.

The Health Department reported late Sunday evening four new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of people in the country who have been infected to 10. All four were tested Saturday and the results were released Sunday.

Duque said all four are showing mild coronavirus symptoms.

Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro confirmed the American national is a resident in their city. The man, who has hypertension, started showing symptoms on March 1. He said they have traced eight of his contacts, saying four of them showed flu-like symptoms.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the 57-year-old man confined in St. Luke's lives in the District 1 area. She added the patient entertained visitors from China, United States, and Davao since December. 

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced that aside from the patient confined in Medical City, there is one Pasig resident who tested positive and is confined in a different city. It remains unclear if this patient is included in the 10 cases announced by the DOH.

The Health Department reported late Sunday evening four new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of people in the country who have been infected to 10. All four were tested Saturday and the results were released Sunday.

The new cases came just a day after the Health Department announced that local transmission of the virus has been confirmed in the country after a 62-year-old man from Cainta, Rizal with no previous travel history outside of the Philippines tested positive for the virus. His wife later on also tested positive.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday declared a state of public health emergency upon the recommendation of the Health Department. It will allow for easier access to financial resources to control the spread of the disease in the country.

DOH also raised Code Red sublevel 1 — a “preemptive call to ensure that national and local government and public and private health care providers can prepare for possible increase in suspected and confirmed cases.”