January 30, 2020 / 8:21 AM / 4 months ago

Philippines confirms first case of new coronavirus: health minister

A man wearing a mask sits in a convenience store in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine health officials have confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the country.

A 38-year-old Chinese woman, who arrived in the country from Wuhan, China, on Jan. 21, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference.

Duque said the patient, confined in a government hospital, is currently asymptomatic.

Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Alison Williams

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