BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Five persons here remain under isolation in a government-run hospital as confirmatory tests are being conducted to determine if they are infected with the 2019 nCov.
In nearby Silay City, the sixth PUI was brought to the Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital after showing flu-like symptoms upon arriving from Hongkong, a special administrative region of China, officials said.
Physician Grace Tan, spokesperson of the local inter-agency task force here, said the five remain inside the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital and “other hospitals” in the city.
Three of the five are males, including a 12-year-old boy, and two females.
Tan did not give additional details as mandated by the health department’s reporting guidelines.
Local radio stations reported, however, that the patient, a woman, is from La Castellana, a town in central Negros about 64 kilometers from here.
The mayor, Rhumayla Mangilimutan, had ordered a suspension of classes today and was quoted in radio reports to have said that her order stemmed from the discovery of the suspected nCov patient.
The PUIs in CLMMRH are confined inside negative pressure isolation rooms are special chambers where airflow is controlled and infectious particles are kept to a minimum level to avoid cross-infection, International Health Facility Guidelines said.