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Laguna confirms first coronavirus infection

Bonz Magsambol
Laguna confirms first coronavirus infection
The patient is from Santa Rosa City

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MANILA, Philippines – Governor Ramil Hernandez confirmed on Sunday, March 15, the first positive case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Laguna.

In a Facebook post, Hernandez said the patient is from Santa Rosa City. 

“Ang pasyente po ay nasa pangangalaga na ng kinauukulan. Ang impormasyon pong ito ay nanggaling at kinumpirma ng RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine),” Hernandez added. (The patient is under the care of authorities. The information came from the RITM.)

Hernandez said that contact tracing was being done.

It wasn’t clear if the case was among the 111 confirmed and announced by the Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday evening, March 14. 

As of Saturday, the DOH said it had probed 914 patients for possible infection. Of the 111 confirmed cases, 98 are currently admitted to hospitals, 5 have been discharged, and 8 have died

More details to follow. –


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Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.