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    DOH closely monitoring 24 suspected cases of novel coronavirus

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) announced Tuesday afternoon that they are now monitoring 24 suspected cases of the deadly novel coronavirus.

    Philippines stopped issuing visas on arrival to Chinese nationals on Tuesday
    Philippines stopped issuing visas on arrival to Chinese nationals on Tuesday | Photo Credit: CAAP via CNN Philippines

    In a press briefing, DOH said the number of suspected cases they are investigating rose significantly. From the 11 cases on Monday (January 27), it is now at 24 within 24 hours since the last update was given.

    The Health department initially had 27 patients being monitored but three have already been discharged after testing negative for coronavirus infection. Metro Manila has 18 suspected cases, Western Visayas has three while Mimaropa, Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao, has one patient each.

    All patients are Chinese nationals with a history of travel to Wuhan, the epicenter of the 2019-nvCoV. As of now, no Filipino has been confirmed to be infected with the new virus, according to DOH.

    DOH is waiting for the results of 13 samples from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City, while it is waiting for confirmatory test results from 6 patients from the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory in Australia.

    To help curb the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) ordered the temporary suspension of issuance of tourist visa on arrival to Chinese nationals planning to enter the Philippines.

    Meanwhile, the Chinese government announced Tuesday that the death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 100 while over 4,000 have already been affected.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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