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Filipino tests positive for COVID-19 in South Korea

By Jonathan Hicap 

A Filipino employee in South Korea has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after traveling to Switzerland.

The Songdo International Business District including the G-Tower (far left) in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by Jonathan Hicap / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Songdo International Business District including the G-Tower (far left) in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by Jonathan Hicap / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Philippine Embassy in Seoul said that it “received confirmation from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) that a Filipino national was tested positive with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on 20 March 2020. This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 infection involving a Filipino national in South Korea.”

It added that the Filipino “traveled overseas before exhibiting symptoms. He was tested at a hospital in South Korea on 19 March, and was confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 on 20 March.”

The Filipino, who is in his 50s, is an employee of the Green Climate Fund, an international institution located in Songdo International Business District in Incheon, South Korea, the Korea Herald reported.

GCF was established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010 to help “developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their ability to respond to climate change.”

The report stated that the Filipino national went to Geneva, Switzerland, from March 8 to 12 to attend the GCF board meeting. He returned to South Korea on March 16 via Dubai and the Philippines.

He visited Nasaret International Hospital screening clinic in Incheon, and was transferred to the Gachon University Gil Hospital for quarantine. Three other persons that he had contact with including his wife were tested for COVID-19.

The Filipino national, who lives in Songdo, is the third GCF employee to test positive for COVID-19. A Canadian in his 40s and a Zambian in his 50s, who both attended the Geneva meeting, were infected with the disease.

As a result, the G-Tower building in Songdo, where the GCF headquarters is located, was closed on March 20.

The Korea CDC reported that as of March 20, there are 8,652 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Korea including 2,233 discharged and 94 deaths. Of the total confirmed cases, 6,275  or 72.5 percent occurred in Daegu, the epicenter of the virus in South Korea. Seoul has 299 confirmed cases.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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