CODE RED: Philippines' coronavirus cases rise to 6, DOH confirms 1st local transmission

CODE RED: Philippines' coronavirus cases rise to 6, DOH confirms 1st local transmission

CODE RED, the Department of Health (DOH) just declared it, meaning all hospital personnel are required to report for duty in their respective facilities to provide medical services. 
Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the alert was at Code Red, Sub-Level 1. He explains that the raising of the coronavirus alert Code Red, Sub-Level 1 is "a preemptive call to ensure national and local government and public and private healthcare providers can prepare for possible increase in suspected and confirmed cases." 

He said the higher Sub-Level 2 may only be raised if there are "established community transmissions" or unlinked clusters of cases." 
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"It is premature to consider at this point," he said. 
The alert level was raised as Secretary Duque confirmed as it confirmed another case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the wife of a patient earlier diagnosed with the infection, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 6. 
Duque said the alert level was raised as he confirmed the country's first case of local transmission in the 5th COVID-19 case, a 62-year-old man now suffering from severe pneumonia. 

Both of them are confined at the state-run Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. 
"The DOH confirms that the previously reported 5th case of COVID-19 as the first case of local transmission in the country after verification with BI, showed that patient had no recent travel history," said Duque in a press briefing. 
"DOH also reports that patients' wife tested positive for COVID-19 after contact-tracing activities were prompted. This brings total number of COVID cases in the country to 6," he said. 
The woman, 59, experienced cough and admitted to the RITM, Duque said. She is currently in stable condition. 

Her husband, the 5th COVID-19 case, has no history of travel outside the Philippines. He had coughs last Feb. 25 and was admitted at the private hospital Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) in San Juan City on March 1 with severe pneumonia. He tested positive on March 5. 
According to the DOH, man, who also suffers from hypertension and diabetes, frequented a Muslim prayer hall in San Juan. The worshipers in this prayer hall experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 have been asked to call the Department of Health hotline (02) 8651 7800 local 1149 o 1150 for referral to a health facility. 

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