Just recently, the Department of Health confirmed that there is now a third case of the novel coronavirus in the country. A 60-year-old Chinese woman consulted at a private hospital in Bohol last January 22 after experiencing fever and coryza.
“She is the third confirmed 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) case in the country. The patient arrived in Cebu City from Wuhan, China via Hong Kong last Jan. 20, 2020, and traveled to Bohol thereafter,” states Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo in a press briefing in Manila, in an article by the Philippine News Agency. Read more: DOH confirms 3rd nCoV case in PH.
According to the article, a sample was taken from the patient and sent for testing at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. Both results came back negative and the patient was sent back to China via Cebu upon recovery.
“However, on February 3, DOH was notified by RITM that a sample taken earlier, January 23, tested positive for 2019-nCoV, making her the third confirmed 2019-nCoV ARD in the Philippines,” adds Domingo. To date, the Department of Health’s Epidemiology Bureau has initiated contact tracing of persons in close proximity to the patient.
“The patient’s close contacts would include the seatmates in the airplane, the flight attendants, pati ang mga nakasama niya sa (also those with her at the) hotel. Flight going back to China is Air Asia, January 31. But we’re still validating the flight details. She had companions but they weren’t sick, siya lang (only her),” adds Domingo.