First coronavirus patient in PH recovers, discharged from hospital – DOH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10)— The Philippines’ first confirmed case of novel coronavirus has recovered and has already been discharged from the hospital, the Health Department said Monday.

In a media briefing, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said the patient— a 38-year-old Chinese woman— already tested negative for the 2019-nCoV twice.

“The first case has already tested negative twice, and has in fact, been discharged,” Domingo told reporters.

The Chinese national, who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan— the epicenter of the illness’ outbreak— was discharged from the San Lazaro hospital in Manila last Saturday.

However, it remains unclear if she has already flown back to China, Domingo noted.

The coronavirus patient arrived in the country on January 21 with her partner, a 44-year-old Chinese man, who became the country’s second case and the first reported fatality of the illness outside of mainland China.

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At least 314 people have been placed under watch for suspected coronavirus infection, majority of them Filipino nationals. Called "patients under investigation," they include those who came in close contact with confirmed coronavirus cases.

Worldwide, over 900 people have been killed by the new virus as of Monday, CNN reported. The coronavirus has since spread to at least 27 countries and territories outside mainland China, with over 40,000 cases reported globally as of publishing.