Chinese man being monitored for nCoV dies at San Lazaro Hospital

MANILA, Philippines – A Chinese man being monitored for the suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) case has passed away at San Lazaro Hospital on Wednesday, January 29.
Chinese man being monitored for nCoV dies at San Lazaro Hospital

San Lazaro Hospital officials confirmed that a 29-year-old Chinese national died of pneumonia at their hospital while being monitored for the nCoV.

Director Dr. Edmundo Lopez in a press briefing said the Chinese man was still not confirmed for nCoV when he passed away. He said, "This morning we have a person under investigation, hindi pa confirmed for nCoV, namatay."

The official said the Chinese man was from Yunnan, China and was admitted in the hospital on Monday. According to Lopez, the patient was admitted due to various symptoms as he had cervical lesions, nodules, lung findings and "was basically frail." They also noted that the man tested positive for HIV.

As of now, health officials are still awaiting the laboratory results of his specimen after it was sent to a government research institute in Muntinlupa.

"Specimens have been taken and may tests na ni-run ang RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) for detection of N Corona virus so were waiting for that result," Lopez added.

Earlier today, Health Secretary Duque said they have sought the help of Japan to help them better confirm nCoV cases locally.

Currently, health officials have no immediate options in confirming suspected nCoV cases. 13 specimens out of the 24 suspected cases of nCoV have been sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City while the remaining 6 cases were sent to experts at Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory in Australia.

"Tumatagal ang panahon dito sa Australia e. Sabi ko, no, kailangan magkaroon tayo ng sariling kakayanan. Tutulong ang Japanese na magbibigay po sa atin nitong primer," Duque said.

Japan health officials will provide a "primer" that will help Philippine health officials determine whether the coronavirus found is the same as the one from Wuhan, which has been the cause of the recent outbreak. It will help give faster lab results as samples will no longer be sent to Australia.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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