COVID-19 reaches Cebu as Mandaue City confirms first case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) — COVID-19 has reached the province of Cebu, with Mandaue City confirming its first case of the viral disease.

The first COVID-19 patient in Cebu is a 65-year-old man admitted at Chong Hua Hospital in Mandaue City. The Health Department recorded him as the 188th patient with the viral disease in the Philippines.

The Health Department in Central Visayas said he is recovering and will be discharged after further tests.

While he has not travelled outside of the country, the new COVID-19 patient went to different cities in Metro Manila and Mindanao. Health officials are still trying to find out how he got infected.

This is the fourth case of COVID-19 outside of Luzon, which the government placed on lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of the disease. Negros Oriental, Lanao del Sur and Davao de Oro each reported one case.

Mandaue City reported that it has 37 patients under investigation for the disease, while 64 people are under monitoring for the disease.

The number of people who have contracted COVID-19 in the Philippines has reached 202, with 17 deaths because of the disease caused by a virus called SARS CoV-2.

Globally, more than 198,000 have been infected and nearly 8,000 have died due to the disease, while close to 82,000 have recovered, based on data from Johns Hopkins University.

Commonly reported COVID-19 symptoms are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Those with severe and critical symptoms should call the Health Department at (02) 8-651-7800 local 1149-1150.