The Department Of Health Says There Has Been A Decrease In PUIs For COVID-19

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On February 17, the Department of Health (DOH) issued an update on the state of the novel coronavirus, which has been renamed to Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19.

In a press release, the DOH revealed that as of 12:00 p.m., there are 171 patients under investigation (PUIs) admitted in various health facilities, while 350 patients have been discharged.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said that there has been a decrease in admitted PUIs. The health secretary noted, “The decrease in our admitted PUIs reflect the Department’s strengthened surveillance, assessment, and management interventions for the COVID-19 health event.”

While numbers are going down, the health secretary reiterated that the DOH will not be complacent and will continue their diligence as they brace for the possibility of local transmission in the Philippines.

Currently, 453 PUIs tested negative for COVID-19, with 22 cases pending test results.

The health secretary stressed the importance of hygiene to keep COVID-19 at bay. “We cannot underscore the importance of regular hand washing and observance of cough etiquette to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

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DOH also provided an update on the 49 repatriated Filipinos from Hubei province in China who are currently quarantined at New Clark City.

According to the press release, the repatriated individuals at the quarantine facility do not show signs or symptoms of respiratory illness. The DOH said that they are monitored twice a day to ensure that they are well taken care of.

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