Duque: 11 patients under investigation but no confirmed nCoV in PH yet

The Department of Health (DOH) closely monitors 11 patients who have shown infection symptoms of the novel coronavirus (nCov-2019), according to DOH Secretary Fransisco Duque III on Monday.

Duque said that there are “zero” cases of the deadly virus here in the country, but have added that there are 11 patients under investigation (PUIs).

“These are persons under investigation. Two, one of the two is close contact, the other one was for verification yet. We have three experiencing severe acute respiratory infection but no history of travel to Wuhan,” Duque explained.

The number of patients under observation excludes the five-year-old boy who is in Cebu City, as the results of the tests they gave him turned out negative.

However, in a separate meeting in Malacañang, Duque said that “there are 39 nCov-related health events that were reported to the epidemiology bureau of the DOH.”

The Secretary also announced that the DOH has created a task force to tackle 2019-nCov-related issues.

Duque also told media: “Let’s not be used by unscrupulous groups whose agenda is to propagate an “infodemic”, or to spread false information regarding the disease. “This problem, misinformation, can be more viral than the virus that we are all guarding against,” he added.

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