5th confirmed coronavirus case in PH a ‘local transmission,’ says WHO

By: Consuelo Marquez - INQUIRER.net - Inquirer.net | March 06,2020 - 08:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s fifth confirmed case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) involving a 62-year-old Filipino male is already considered as “local transmission,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

Local transmission is defined as the transfer of the virus that causes the disease in a local geographical setting.

Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO’s representative in the Philippines, however, clarified that the case will not be a widespread contamination for now, as long as contact tracing is still being conducted.

“Even the fifth case is a local transmission, but getting another case in a local contact does not mean widespread contamination. We already know that this disease is transmitted upon close contacts,” he told reporters when asked if the fifth patient’s relatives also tested positive for COVID-19 later on.

When there is already a “widespread transmission beyond the geographical area,” Abeyasinghe said this is already considered a community transmission.

The admission of a local transmission is contrary to a statement of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier that it is still premature to call the positive finding for COVID-19 of the two Filipinos as a local transmission in the Philippines.

Earlier, the health department said the fifth patient who tested positive for COVID-19 is a 62-year-old Filipino and was a regular visitor at a Muslim prayer hall in Barangay Greenhills in San Juan City.

The WHO official however said it would be “overreacting” if people will stop going to prayer halls this.

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