The Department of Health (DOH) announced that a 60-year-old Chinese woman was affected by 2019’s Novel Coronavirus in the Philippines.
The woman arrived in Cebu on January 20,2020 from Wuhan. She flew to the Philippines via Hong Kong.
Respectively, the victim also visited Bohol.
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“The patient initially tested negative for samples taken on January 24. This was confirmed both by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City and the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory in Australia, he said. However, authorities decided to test the samples that were obtained on January 23 — which came out positive,” Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said during the briefing.
Further, the victim was confirmed negative when she went back to China on January 31, 2020.
“When the woman arrived in the country, she was already feeling unwell. She stayed in her hotel room and was admitted to the hospital the next day. On the other hand, her companions did not feel experience any sickness,” he added.
Domingo highlighted that the time the victim arrived (January 20), the Philippines weren’t able to implement the travel ban. The temperatures of the passengers are being determined. Unfortunately, the third victim had no fever when she passed the airport.
‘They will only conduct contact-tracing on the patient’s flight from China going to the Philippines since she no longer had the infection during her trip back home,” Domingo reported.
Region VII’s DOH conducted in checking the staff of the hotel and hospital where the victim stayed.
“The woman and her four companions immediately took a ferry boat at Pier 1 in Cebu City after arriving at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The boat traveled to Tagbilaran City, Bohol. DOH is also looking for the woman’s fellow passengers on the boat, ” DOH-7 Regional Director Jaime Bernadas said.
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