DFA says to assist Pinoy COVID-19 patient in Macau


Posted at Mar 20 2020 01:49 PM

People visit the Ruins of St. Paul's in Macau, where casinos have been closed for two weeks because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, China February 19, 2020. Aleksander Solum, Reuters

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said it was ready to provide assistance to the Filipino national who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Macau.

The DFA confirmed that the Filipino, who is a non-resident worker in Macau, is the 15th case of COVID-19 infection recorded in the special administrative region.

"The Consulate General is in close coordination with the local authorities in Macau on the details of the Filipino national’s travel history and of those people that might be identified as having had close contact with him since his arrival in Macau, and stands ready to provide assistance as needed," the DFA said in a statement.

An earlier report described the Filipino as a 31-year old who works in a restaurant located in a Macau casino.

The OFW returned to Macau through Hong Kong on March 16 after visiting his family in the Philippines from January 27 to March 15.

On March 17, the OFW went to the hospital after complaining of toothache, fever, and rash.
He underwent a COVID-19 diagnosis test and results showed that he was positive for coronavirus infection.