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Baguio is Now on Heightened Alert After Confirming COVID-19 Carrier Moves Inside the City

A woman who attended a seminar in Baguio City following a trip to Japan was tested positive for the coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19). Mayor of Baguio City, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said on Monday (Mar. 16), that health workers were tracking her movements in the city.

The patient was a 24-year old who is positive on March 15 in the COVID-19 case in Paranaque City. The woman was checked at the San Juan de Dios Hospital for a severe cough.

She was put up at a hotel here for a 3-day-conference from March 9-11. Early February, officials of Baguio city had canceled all seminars, conferences, and activities that draw crowds to prevent the spread of the virus. However, it wasn’t clear at all on how the conference pushed through despite the order to cancel all gatherings.

The patient has visited Baguio city epidemiologist to interview hotel staff and the Paranaque health office.

According to the examination, the woman traveled to Japan on February 16-25, and when she returned back to the Philippines, the patient was asymptomatic.

Except for the random cough, the patient doesn’t have a fever which make her passed the thermal scans when she traveled to Baguio.

The hotel staff has been required to disinfect her room.

On Saturday, March 14 the Cordillera region has recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 patient, a seaman who resides in Abra province.

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