MANILA, Philippines – Here is some good news.
The 38-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan, China, otherwise known as first Philippine patient confirmed carrying the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has recovered from the infection and has already been discharged from hospital confinement the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.
This was confirmed by Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo saying the patient, PH’s first case of the novel coronavirus, has tested negative for the virus twice and “has in fact been discharged.”
But the health official refused to confirm if the woman has already flown back to China since her release from the San Lazaro hospital on Saturday, February 8.
The woman’s recovery from the disease appears to appease the fears of the public as it shows that nCoV patients in the Philippines can recover from the virus.
The patient’s companion, a 44-year-old man who also tested positive for the nCoV has earlier died of alleged complications due to severe pneumonia.
At present, the Department of Health claims that there are still 17 more patients being monitored for possible novel coronavirus, in addition to 267 others.
China has already offered $43-billion boost to firms fighting novel coronavirus even as the People’s Bank of China also committed special funding in the battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak whose deaths already rose past 900.
Meanwhile, PH’s third confirmed case, a 60-year-old woman from China, also recovered and has since returned to China, according to the DOH.
Domingo stressed that this only shows “the virus can be eliminated as immune system mounts response against it” even as he also added for the public to remain vigilant and practice precautionary measures because the disease continues to claim lives in China.
Of this writing, the novel coronavirus has accordingly killed 910; 40,500 infected globally, with China as the worst-hit country. At least 3,400 have reportedly recovered.
At home, the DOH is probing a total of 314 patients for possible novel coronavirus infection and 261 patients are under investigation and admitted to hospitals. A total of 50 have already been discharged.
Per region, here is the breakdown of patients under investigation:
Ilocos Region – 3
Cagayan Valley – 13
Cordillera Administrative Region – 7
Central Luzon – 41
Metro Manila – 115
Calabarzon – 33
Mimaropa – 9
Bicol – 2
Western Visayas – 23
Central Visayas – 20
Eastern Visayas – 14
Northern Mindanao – 11
Caraga – 2
Davao Region – 20
Soccsksargen – 1
A travel ban has been imposed by the Philippine government to mainland China and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau to curb the spread of the virus.
Last Sunday, 30 Filipinos were repatriated from Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.
They are now under quarantine in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, the main venue of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. (IAMIGO/SPH.com)