MANILA – The Philippine Embassy in Seoul confirmed that a Filipino national in South Korea has contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“The Philippine Embassy in Seoul received confirmation from the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) that a Filipino national was tested positive with Covid-19 on 20 March 2020. This is the first confirmed case of Covid-19 infection involving a Filipino national in South Korea,” the embassy said Friday night.
The patient traveled overseas before exhibiting symptoms.
He was tested at a hospital in South Korea on March 19 and was confirmed to be positive for Covid-19 the next day.
In a statement, the embassy said it was closely coordinating with the KCDC and local health authorities, assuring its readiness to assist the Filipino national as needed.
The World Health Organization has recorded a total of 209,839 confirmed cases of Covid-19 globally. Of this number, 8,413 were recorded in South Korea. (PNA)