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BREAKING: Philippines confirms third case of novel coronavirus

People hoard bottles of alcohol after the Philippine government confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the country, in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

The Philippines on Wednesday confirmed its third case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

In a press conference, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said that a 60-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan, China tested positive on the said infection.

The patient reportedly has arrived in Cebu via Hongkong last January and had traveled to Bohol. Upon arrival, the woman went to a hospital for consultation after experiencing a fever last January 22.

The details on the patient’s whereabouts are yet to be disclosed by the Department of Health (DOH).

Earlier, DOH confirmed that a 44-year-old Chinese man who died of the acute respiratory disease in Manila was the second case of nCoV in the country.

He is the companion of the 38-year-old Chinese woman who was the country’s first confirmed case of the said infection.

READ: DOH confirms first case of novel coronavirus in the Philippines

As of Wednesday, the country has recorded 133 suspected cases of novel coronavirus infection—115 of whom are admitted at hospitals while 16 others were already discharged.

Meanwhile, the death toll in China, where the said virus originated, continuously soars and is now close to 500.

In a report from the Chinese government, the death toll in the area rose to 490, with over 65 new fatalities from ground-zero Hubei province.

According to a report from AFP, figures from the health commission in Hubei, which has been hit hardest by the virus, also showed a jump in confirmed infections with 3,156 new cases. The said figures add up to the total number of cases in China which is now at 23, 500.

READ: Death toll in China due to nCoV now close to 500: government

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