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It's Official: Coronavirus Now in the Philippines

Coronavirus infects Chinese woman in the Philippines.
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A female Chinese national is the first person in the Philippines who is confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to the Department of Health. Earlier this week, the health department had put 23 individuals under observation after they exhibited symtpoms of the deadly disease. 

Details about the whereabouts and places that the Chinese national had visited in the Philippines are still being verified.  

More infectious than SARS

The 2019 novel coronavirus is now considered more infectious than the 2003 SARS outbreak. Cuurently, there are 7,000 cases of novel coronavirus recorded in China, with 170 deaths. 

Apart from the Philippines, the 2019 n-CoV has also spread to a number of countries: Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Sri Lanka, and Australia.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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