Two Filipino COVID-19 patients in Singapore recover; active cases down to 9

by raymond lacsa | March 19, 2020 (Thursday) | 829
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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, has announced the recovery of two Filipino nationals from coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This brings the total active cases of Filipinos infected by COVID-19 down to nine, the Embassy reported.

The first Filipino patient who recovered from COVID-19 was discharged from the hospital on February 28 while the second Filipino has been cleared of the disease and was released on March 14.

Meanwhile, the Embassy also reported the case of the 11th Filipino national to be diagnosed with COVID-19; the island state’s 256th confirmed case of the viral disease.

According to the information provided by Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH), Case 256 is a 32-year-old female Filipino national who is a Singapore Work Pass holder.

She was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on March 17 and is currently confined in an isolation room at the National Center for Infectious Disease (NCID).

She has no history of recent travel to COVID-19 affected countries and regions but her case is linked to Case 205, a 30 year-old female Filipino national who travelled from the Philippines and stayed in Singapore from February 27 to March 6 and was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on March 14.

“The Embassy is in close coordination with the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Singapore and stands ready to extend assistance to the COVID-19-positive Filipino nationals as needed,” the Philippine Embassy assured through the DFA.

On Wednesday (March 18), the MOH announced additional 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in the country.

Majority of these newly diagnosed active cases are considered as imported cases, the MOH said. – Marje Pelayo

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