208 PUIs test negative for COVID-19; no evidence of airborne infection

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) announced Wednesday that 208 persons under investigation (PUIs) tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (CoViD-19).

DOH added that 238 PUI cases currently admitted in various health facilities, while 165 PUIs have been discharged. There are 197 cases pending test results from Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

DOH has adopted “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” for the name of the disease caused by the Novel Coronavirus. This came after the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, agreed to name the disease in a manner that will minimize cultural, social, and geographical stigma.

WHO adopts “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)”
WHO adopts “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” for the name of the disease caused by the Novel Coronavirus.

The WHO categorized the COVID-19 Health Event as “High Risk” regionally and globally, with a total of 43,103 confirmed cases in 24 countries.

WHO said on Tuesday that 1,017 people had died in China where there were 42,708 cases.

Local transmission of the disease was also reported in Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Vietnam, South Korea, and Australia.

“We can already see that local transmission is happening in other countries. These developments are compelling reasons to prepare mitigation mechanisms for the possibility of community spread. We are continuously assessing the situation and crafting our own guidelines, based on available evidence, to combat the threat of the COVID-19,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.

No evidence COVID-19 is airborne

WHO clarified that there is no evidence so far to prove that new coronavirus can spread through the air.

"We've heard the rumors. Our position is that we don't have evidence to support that. We don't have clear evidence that this is airborne infection," said WHO representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe.

— The Summit Express

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