Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday confirmed that Quezon City has recorded its fifth case of COVID-19, a 26-year-old male with no history of travel outside the Philippines.
In an interview, Belmonte said that the patient is a resident of Barangay Bagong Lipunan Crame and was initially diagnosed in a hospital with dengue before he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
However, she was not sure if the 26-year-old male was among the 49 patients that the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Wednesday.
According to Belmonte, the patient went to two private hospitals. The second hospital was the one who confirmed him of the virus but reportedly told him to go home since they could not further accommodate him. Belmonte didn’t disclose the name of the said hospital.
The patient was earlier brought by a Department of Health (DOH) team to the hospital.
Belmonte added that the family of the patient will also be tested for possible transmission of the virus.
Earlier, Quezon City confirmed four cases of COVID-19:
- A 27-year-old doctor who contracted the virus while treating a patient with COVID-19 in a hospital outside Quezon City
- A 57-year-old man who lives in Baler Street and does not have any travel history abroad, however, he received visitors from China, the US, and Davao
- A man in his 30s who lives in a condominium unit in Tomas Morato Avenue
- A resident of the Project 6 area
The World Health Organization called the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday.