First Posted 06:24 AM 01/05/2020

TACLOBAN CITY- The number of suspected novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases, or patients under investigation (PUI), in Eastern Visayas had risen to four, though one had already been discharged from hospital quarantine.

Dr. Minerva Molon, regional director of the Department of Health (DOH), at a press conference on Tuesday (Feb. 3) disclosed that the new suspected nCov cases in the region involved a 55-year old man and a 22-year old woman. Both are Filipinos.

1. a 30-year-old female who arrived in Leyte last Jan. 26 after traveling to Macau and Hong Kong, two Chinese territories with confirmed nCoV cases.

2. A 55-year-old male from Leyte with history of travel from Israel and layover in Hong Kong, and return flight route to Manila, then Tacloban City on January 25, 2020.

3. A 22-year-old female from Samar with history of travel from Hong Kong last December 23, 2019, and arrived in Manila on January 4, 2020. On January 19, 2020, the patient experienced fever, colds and sore throat, which led her to seek medical consultation on the following day. Headache and fever recurred on February 2, 2020, which prompted her to go for another consultation.

Swab samples were taken from the two on Monday (Feb. 2).

Dr. Molon said at least 7 people who were in close contact with the three suspected 2019-nCov patients were also being monitored by the DOH.

The seven individuals, however, appeared to be in good health.

The first suspected nCov case in the region involved a 34-year old American national who was discharged from the hospital on Feb. 1 after his flu-like symptoms disappeared.

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