The Department Of Health Confirms The Third Case Of Novel Coronavirus In The Philippines

The patient was a 60-year-old Chinese woman.
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On February 5, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the Philippines had its third novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) case.

According to a report from PhilStar, DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo said that a sample from a 60-year-old Chinese woman tested positive for 2019-nCoV.

The health undersecretary said that the woman originated from Wuhan and traveled to Cebu via a flight from Hong Kong on January 20, Inquirer.net reported.

The woman then traveled to Bohol, where she was later admitted to a hospital for fever and runny nose.

On January 23 and 24, samples were taken from the Chinese woman which were tested by the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory in Australia and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City. The results came out as negative.

The woman was then discharged from the hospital in Bohol, the report said. She then returned to China and left the country via a flight from Cebu on January 31. The tourist was allowed to leave the country as the government had not declared a flight ban to and from China at the time.

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However, on February 3, the DOH was informed by the RITM that the samples taken from the Chinese woman on January 23 tested positive for 2019-nCoV, the report added.

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CNN Philippines reported that the DOH will only conduct contact-tracing on her flight from China going to the Philippines because no longer had the 2019-nCoV on her trip back home. Meanwhile, the DOH in Region 7 had begun checking the staff of the hotel and hospital where the woman stayed.

On January 30, the DOH confirmed the first case of 2019-nCoV in the country. The patient was a 38-year-old woman who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, and she was accompanied by a 44-year-old male, who became the country’s second case of the virus. He later passed away due to acute respiratory disease, making him the first casualty of the 2019-nCoV outside of China.

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