Half of suspected new coronavirus patients test negative for disease: DOH


Posted at Feb 12 2020 11:38 AM

A tent that will receive suspected carriers of the new coronavirus stands at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City, Feb. 5, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — About half of the suspected new coronavirus patients in the Philippines have tested negative for the disease, the Department of Health said. 

Out of the total 382 patients, 196 tested negative, 3 tested positive, and 183 were still waiting for test results as of noontime Tuesday, the DOH website showed. 

The 3 confirmed cases -- including 1 fatality -- were all from Wuhan City in central China, where the pathogen was first detected, health officials earlier said. 

Believed to have emerged in a market that sells wild animals, the new coronavirus has killed 1,110 and infected 44,200, mostly in China, authorities said. 

The virus was officially named "COVID-19" at a conference in Geneva held by the World Health Organization, where the body's chief said countries had a chance of stopping its global spread. 

With a report from Agence France-Presse 

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