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DOH Releases Situational Report as of January 29

Just recently, the Department of Health launched a dedicated webpage solely for updates regarding the Novel Coronavirus. The page will provide updates and DOH urges the public to stay updated by following the page that may be accessed at

In a situational report as of January 29, 03:30pm, there are 23 persons under investigation, 1 mortality, 16 RITM screening results pending, 6 VIDRL (Australia) confirmatory results pending, and 4 discharged but under monitoring. In the report, it was clarified that the one casualty is a case of pneumonia with a positive rapid diagnostic test for human immunodeficiency virus.

Moreover, the Department of Health hospitals are equipped and are following strict infection protocols to manage persons under investigation and the Department of Health will augment necessary logistics (personal protective equipment and N95 masks) to health facilities.

Also, the Bureau of Quarantine has also strengthened border patrol, monitoring travelers not just from Wuhan but also from Hubei Province in China. Meanwhile, the general public is advised to remain calm but vigilant. To always practice hand hygiene, observe proper cough etiquette – maintain distance and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of the elbow – avoid close contact with people manifesting flu-like symptoms, avoid contact with farm and wild animals, to cook food properly, and adopt healthy lifestyles to mount immunity against infections.

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