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MANILA, Philippines – The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the Philippines started spiking on the second week of March – a month after health officials confirmed the country's third case.
According to the Department of Health, the spike in the number of positive cases was supposedly due to their “heightened surveillance” efforts. (READ: Novel coronavirus cases in the Philippines now at 52)
The DOH said they were conducting comprehensive contact tracing for all cases. They are also in coordination with concerned local government units and Centers for Health Development for the implementation of infection prevention and control measures.
“With the increasing number of cases, I implore everyone to fully cooperate with us in investigation and contact tracing activities. Individuals with a known history of exposure and travel presenting with mild symptoms are advised to self-isolate and undergo home quarantine for 14 days,” health secretary Francisco Duque III said.
To identify and trace the close contacts of confirmed cases, the DOH said they are working closely with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other government agencies.