Just recently, the Department of Health announced last Friday that all 386 patients under investigation are tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019, otherwise known as Covid-2019. It can be recalled that the virus has been given a new name by the World Health Organization, following the agency’s best practices in the naming of new human infectious diseases.
“As of noon today, these are the numbers, there are currently 66 cases only with pending test results. At present, there are 191 PUIs who were admitted at various health facilities in the country, and a total of 260 PUIs have been discharged including two confirmed cases,” states Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a press briefing in Manila, as seen in the article published by the Philippine News Agency.
Vergeire also acknowledged that one PUI died due to a cardiovascular attack.
“The patient is not Chinese, he’s a Filipino. He’s 71 years old from Region 1 and was confined there in La Union. He went to the hospital with cough and during the course of treatment, had deterioration of his condition. The final diagnosis is acute myocardial infarction and he also has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” adds Vergeire.
Vergeire also clarified that despite testing negative to Covid-2019, the Department of Health recognized the patient as a PUI due to cough and history of travel to Taiwan.
“We are glad that most of our PUIs tested negative for Covid-19. While this is very welcome news, we at the DOH will continue our preparations for the possibility of local transmission,” states Vergeire.