The Philippines has confirmed its first case of the Wuhan coronavirus, the country's Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a statement Thursday.
The patient is a 38-year-old woman from China who arrived in the Philippines from Wuhan on January 21 via transit in Hong Kong, according to Duque.
The patient began experiencing coughing symptoms on January 25 and consulted doctors at a government hospital.
Officials at the Department of Health sent her samples to the Victoria Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia to be tested and it was confirmed on Thursday that the patient’s samples tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.
The Health Secretary said the patient is currently asymptomatic, showing no signs of fever or any other symptoms.
The Department of Health stressed it is “on top of the evolving situation” but urged the public to wear surgical masks and avoid crowded places if they are experiencing symptoms, such as coughing and a fever.