Philippines confirms first case of new coronavirus: Health minister

MANILA (CNA) – Philippine health officials have confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the country.

A 38-year-old Chinese woman, who arrived in the country from Wuhan, China, on January 21, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference.

Duque said the patient, confined in a government hospital, is currently asymptomatic.

People wear masks at a transportation hub in Paranaque, Philippines. PHOTO: CNA