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Filipino in Singapore tests positive for COVID-19

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 07:51 PM February 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino in Singapore has tested positive for the 2019 coronavirus disease, officially known as COVID-19, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Sunday.

In a Twitter post, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay quoted the Philippine Embassy in Singapore as saying that the Filipino was put in isolation at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

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“This is [the] first confirmed case involving a Filipino in [Singapore],” he said.

Dulay added that the embassy is in close coordination with health officials of Singapore “to monitor the condition and well-being of our kababayan.”

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A total of 89 individuals have tested positive of COVID-19 as of Saturday, Feb. 22, according to a report from the Strait Times.

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. earlier said he would oppose a travel ban on Singapore, noting a prohibition should not be hinged on a country’s recorded number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections.

READ: Locsin says he won’t support travel ban on Singapore amid COVID-19 scare

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For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

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