Almost 40% of COVID-19 patients not exposed to infected people -- DOH

THE Department of Health said almost 40% of the patients that tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have no exposure to known infected cases.

Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are trying to identify the index cases who spread the infection in the country.

“Nakakakita tayo ng almost about 40% of our patients right now positive of COVID-19 na walang history ng pinuntahan at history po ng exposure sa isang taong may COVID-19,” she said.

On March 7, the Department of Health confirmed that there is a case of local transmission in the country, prompting it to declare community transmission

Code Red Sub-Level 2 was consequently raised to combat the spread of COVID-19. Tougher measures were implemented including suspension of classes in all levels and work in the executive branch, as well as travel restrictions, as a “community quarantine” was clamped down on Metro Manila.

On the second day of the community quarantine, the Philippine National Police said the security measures at the borders of quarantine areas will be stricter.

Among the cases of COVID-19 is a 13-year-old Filipino girl. Data from the DOH showed that Patient 135 had no history of travel or exposure to known COVID-19 cases.

As of Sunday, the DOH confirmed 29 more cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 140. The number of deaths has reached 12.