21-month-old girl from Calapan City tests positive for coronavirus

Bonz Magsambol
21-month-old girl from Calapan City tests positive for coronavirus
The patient appears to be the youngest patient in the Philippines so far and the first COVID-19 case in Oriental Mindoro

MANILA, Philippines – Oriental Mindoro Governor Bonz Dolor on Friday, March 27, disclosed that a 21-month-old girl from Calapan City tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus

In a Facebook post, Dolor said that the patient has travel history from Alabang, Muntinlupa, from March 5 to 12. 

Dahil siya ay napakabata pa at upang siguraduhin pang lalo, humiling ako sa DOH (Department of Health) na muling ipasuri (confirmatory test) ang kanyang specimen at ito naman ay kagyat na pinagbigyan. Isasailalim na rin sa testing ang kanyang mga guardians,” Dolor added. 

(Because she is so young and just to confirm it further, I asked the DOH to have her specimen tested again. Her parents will also undergo testing.)

The patient is the first COVID-19 case in the province and appears to be youngest recorded with the virus in the Philippines so far.

Dolor said that contract tracing was being done by the Provincial Health Office and the City Health Office of Calapan.

As of Thursday, March 26, the country had 707 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 45 deaths and 28 recoveries. – Rappler.com


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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.