3 patients from UP Diliman test negative for COVID-19


Posted at Mar 16 2020 11:29 AM | Updated as of Mar 16 2020 11:56 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) - Three patients who were either students or professors at the University of the Philippines in Diliman tested negative for COVID-19, the University said Monday.

University officials earlier said 2 faculty members were admitted to the hospital after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Another patient from the UPD community was also a suspected carrier of the novel coronavirus, but officials did not say if he was a staff member or a student.

"The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine has released the results of tests of all three PUIs, and these are negative for COVID-19," the university said in a statement.

The university also urged its community to donate disposable surgical gloves, face masks, surgical gowns and 70 percent alcohol to help the UP Health Services keep the campus virus-free.

"Let us be hand-in-hand in keeping UP Diliman COVID-19-free," it said.

UPD earlier canceled all mass gatherings and big events in the campus, and shifted to online classes to curb the possible spread of COVID-19, that can be transmitted through the transfer of bodily fluids from an infected patient to another person.

"These are not normal times. But I believe in our community’s resilience and ability to live through this crisis with compassion and solidarity," UPD chancellor Fidel Nemenzo earlier said.

"Time and again, we have seen that the most effective response to public health emergencies is our ability as a community to look out for each other," he said.