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58 PUIs test negative for virus

ON THE LOOK OUT FOR COVID-19. A face mask-wearing tourist police officer stands guard at the Magellan’s Cross in downtown Cebu City to watch out for tourists visiting the heritage site. Earlier this week, authorities noted a drop of international tourist arrivals in Cebu due to the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on international tourism. (SunStar Photo / Alex Badayos)

AROUND 58 of the 60 persons under investigation (PUIs) for the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Central Visayas have been discharged but are still being monitored, as of 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.

In its latest Covid-19 tracker, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that only two PUIs are still confined and undergoing treatment in the region.

As of yesterday, no new confirmed Covid-19 patients were confined anywhere in the country although the DOH continued to monitor a total of 606 cases nationwide.

Of the number, 473 were discharged from medical facilities but are still being monitored by DOH, while 130 PUIs remained in isolation in various hospitals.

The only three confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country — the 38-year-old woman from Wuhan; her 44-year-old male partner who died; and the 60-year-old Chinese woman who already returned to China, were included in the tally.

PUIs are those who recently traveled to mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong or had contact with persons positive of the novel coronavirus and manifest the symptoms of the virus.

Globally, the viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 77,000 people.

The World Health Organization has named the illness Covid-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.

The latest figures reported by each government’s health authority as of Saturday in Beijing: Mainland China: 2,345 deaths among 76,288 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei; Hong Kong: 69 cases, 2 deaths; Macao: 10; Japan: 743 cases, including 634 from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, 3 deaths; South Korea: 346 cases, 2 deaths; Singapore: 86; United States: 35 cases; separately, 1 U.S. citizen died in China; Thailand: 35; Taiwan: 26 cases, 1 death; Australia: 23; Malaysia: 22; Italy: 19 cases; 1 death; Iran: 18 cases, 4 deaths; Vietnam: 16; Germany: 16; France: 12 cases, 1 death; United Kingdom: 9; United Arab Emirates: 9; Canada: 9; Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death; India: 3; Russia: 2; Spain: 2; Lebanon: 1; Israel: 1; Belgium: 1; Nepal: 1; Sri Lanka: 1; Sweden: 1; Cambodia: 1; Finland: 1; Egypt: 1. (WBS / AP)


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