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Monday, February 03, 2020

8 Filipinos in contact with Chinese couple from Wuhan experience flu-like symptom

Eight persons who came in close contact with the Chinese couple from Wuhan have been placed under observation after exhibiting flu-like symptom, an official from the Department of Health-Epidemiology Bureau (DOH-EB) disclosed.

On Monday, February 3, DOH-EB Director Chito Avelino disclosed that eight of the 80 patients under investigation (PUIs) had contacted the couple who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (nCoV).

“Doon sa PUIs na reported today, may nakita tayo sa contact tracing, may nagkaroon ng symptoms ng ubo at sipon. At eto (walo) ay nakasama sa bilang natin ngayon,” Avelino said.

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In a press conference on Sunday, February 2, health officials confirmed the first nCoV death in the Philippines: a 44-year-old male who died on Saturday, February 1.  While the patient was stable and showed signs of improvement in his last few days, his condition deteriorated within his last 24 hours resulting to his demise.

It was disclosed that the country recorded two confirmed cases in the Philippines: a 38-year-old Chinese female and her companion, a 44-year-old Chinese male. Both patients are from Wuhan, China and arrived in the Philippines via Hong Kong last January 21. They were both admitted for isolation and supportive treatment at the San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

The DOH-EB is currently conducting contact tracing of passengers aboard the flights of the two positive cases. It has secured the manifestos of the flights and is in close coordination with the concerned airlines. Contact tracing activities are ongoing in Cebu and Dumaguete, and in other places where the patients stayed and traveled to.

“The Philippine Government has already implemented a temporary travel ban for travelers coming from China, Macao, and Hong Kong. DOH is monitoring every development on the 2019-nCoV very closely and is taking proactive measures to contain the spread of this virus in our country. This health event is fast-evolving and fluid. We are continuously recalibrating our plans and efforts as the situation develops,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

“We are providing the public with constant updates and advisories as frequently as possible, so all I ask from the public now is to heed the advisories from official DOH channels and to refrain from sharing unverified and unvalidated information. I assure the public that we will keep you abreast of any information that we have,” he added.

Meanwhile, in China, a woman with coronavirus gave birth to a healthy baby girl, giving hope to thousands of people amid the nCoV scare.

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