11 persons being monitored for suspected novel coronavirus in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) revealed that they are monitoring 11 individuals across the country for potential new strain of coronavirus ( 2019-nCoV).
11 persons being monitored for suspected cases of deadly coronavirus

11 possible cases of nCoV being monitored by DOH
11 possible cases of nCoV being monitored by DOH | Photo Courtesy: Presidential Communications

Health Secretary Francisco Duque announced during a press conference on Monday in Malacañang that they have yet to confirm a novel coronavirus case in the Philippines. Instead, they are monitoring 11 persons who bear flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and throat irritation.

Here's the list:

Metro Manila - 2

Asian Hospital, Muntinlupa
  • 78 years old, Male)

Adventist Medical Center, Pasay City
  • 44 years old, Male

Western Visayas - 3

Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital, Kalibo Aklan
  • 32 year old, Female
  • 6 years old, Male
  • 24 years old, Female

Eastern Visayas - 1

Tacloban City Hospital, Leyte
  • 36 years old, Male

Central Visayas - 3

Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Cebu
  • 5 years old, Male
  • 18 years old, Female

Allied Experts Medical Center, Cebu
  • 61 years old, Female


El Nido, Palawan
  • 10 years old -Female

Northern Mindanao - 1

Camiguin General Hospital, Mambajao Camiguin
  • 29 years old, Male

Duque said all 11 individuals came from the Chinese central city of Wuhan, considered as the epicenter of the deadly disease. He added that they are investigating as they await the laboratory results of the suspected victims.

The 5-year-old boy quarantined in Cebu who came from Wuhan and three others all tested negative for the nCoV.

According to Duque, authorities instructed to "automatically" investigate tourists traveling from Wuhan, especially those who arrived in the Philippines with flu and fever. Those who do not bear symptoms are still probed if they have visited the Wuhan market or interacted with live animals and patients while they were in China.

Those who proved to show suspicious respiratory illness will have to undergo quarantined as their samples are sent to Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) to confirm if they are positive for nCoV.

Several private schools located in the City of Manila and Quezon City, mostly Chinese schools have decided to suspend their class indefinitely starting Monday, January 27 for fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus. Schools said they need to gather information on the travel details of their students and staff who went back to China during the Chinese New Year break.

As of Monday, the death toll from the nCoV jumped to 80, with almost 2,800 cases confirmed cases in China. It has also spread across at least 13 countries, including France, Australia and the United States.

China has regarded the health crisis as an "emergency" and has locked down 15 cities with a combined population of over 57 million people.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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