With three confirmed cases of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection thus far in the country, 386 patients under investigation (PUI) have tested negative and 66 cases are currently awaiting test results. 

According to the Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 tracker as of this writing, there are 191 PUIs in the country. 261 previous PUIs had been cleared and sent home including the two confirmed cases. 

DOH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said, “We are glad that most of our PUIs tested negative for 2019-nCoV.”  

A 25-year old OFW woman from Wuhan, China who arrived via chartered flight last February 8, was sent to Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital as she was suffering from fever and ear pain. 

She was later sent back to the New Clark City quarantine facility after testing negative of the virus. Her case was confirmed as a case of outer ear infection. 

Her fellow female repatriate will be sent to the Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center today for further medical assessment as she was displaying symptoms that are related to anxiety.  

DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau bared that the majority or 218 of the 277 interviewed contacts of the first and second cases have met the 14-day home quarantine requirement.

15 are currently completing the 14-day quarantine protocol while the 44 contacts considered as symptomatic have been admitted in health facilities as PUIs. (Jojo Mangahis)