A Filipino national in Kuwait was tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
This was confirmed by the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait saying the Filipina household service worker had a close contact with a person who traveled to the United Kingdom.
"The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait regrets to inform the Filipino community that a female domestic worker is the first confirmed Filipino case of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Kuwait.," the Embassy said in a statement dated March 19.
The Embassy said the patient is now in a "stable condition" and that the Philippine government continues to monitoring her case. As this developed, the Embassy also reminded all Filipinos in the Gulf state to stay at home, follow the instructions of Kuwaiti authorities, and stay healthy.
In a separate bulletin, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that a Filipino national also contracted the disease in Macau.
The patient, who is a non-resident worker in Macau, is the 15th case of COVID-19 infection recorded in the said special administrative region.
The DFA said the Philippine Consulate General in Macau remains in close contact with the local authorities on the details of the Filipino national’s travel history.