MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippine capital does not have a confirmed case of the new coronavirus, its health department said Monday.
The Manila Health Department issued the statement after unverified information were posted online regarding an alleged novel coronavirus case in Binondo, Manila.
It, however, said that a Chinese man who works at a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) was diagnosed with community acquired pneumonia.
The POGO worker was hospitalized at Metropolitan Hospital last Saturday due to fever and cough and is now well and without fever, according to Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan.
"The patient has fever and cough but negative on history of travel to Wuhan, China, and no history of exposure to a host or positive case," Pangan said.
As of Monday night, Pangan said there is still no reported positive case of novel coronavirus in the country, quoting DOH Epidemiology Bureau Director Dr. Ferchito Avelino.
Pangal also said all patients brought to Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and San Lazaro Hospital are "persons under investigation."
"We are still waiting lab results for confirmation," Pangan added.
The coronavirus scare on social media prompted several schools Manila to suspend classes, the city government said.
Mayor Isko Moreno, meantime, urged the public to avoid sharing misinformation and to be vigilant.
"Tayo po ay makinig sa mga lathalain, panawagan ng mga tamang tao at ahensya ng gobyerno," he said.
(Let's listen to the advise of the authorities and government agencies.)
"Kayo rin, tayong lahat, huwag kayong matatakot kapag kayo ay may ubo. Mas maganda magpagamot at magpa-check up."
(Don't hesitate to get a check-up if you have cough. It's better to seek medical treatment.)