MORE and more patients in the Philippines have been placed under investigation (PUI) for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), said the Department of Health (DOH) Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
In a press briefing, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said that as of 12 p.m. Tuesday, a total of 27 PUIs have been recorded.
Of the 27, three were discharged as “their laboratory results revealed other diseases,” said Duque.
The 24 other PUIs are as follows:
* 18 NCR
* 1 Western Visayas
* 1 Mimaropa
* 1 Eastern Visayas
* 2 Central Visayas
* 1 Northern Mindanao
Duque said the DOH is awaiting results for 18 PUIs from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine for screening, and six PUI laboratory results from the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory for confirmation.
He also said that at present, there are 2,798 confirmed cases of the 2019-nCoV globally. Of these cases, 37 were reported in 11 countries outside China.
“The current global case fatality rate of the 2019-nCoV is 2.9 percent, with all 80 deaths recorded in China,” said Duque.
Reports from the Associated Press, however, revealed Tuesday that 1,771 new cases were confirmed on Monday, raising the national total to 4,515. Of the…
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