Canadian national tests negative, set to be discharged
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
According to the Bacolod City Health Office (CHO), as of yesterday, there are currently five patients under investigation in Negros Occidental for the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV).
CHO Environment and Sanitation Division head, Dr. Grace Tan, who also serves as spokesperson for the Bacolod City Inter-Agency Task Force Against the nCoV, said, aside from the previously reported 58-year-old Canadian who arrived from Taiwan, 12-year-old Filipino minor who traveled from Macau and Hong Kong, and 58-year-old overseas Filipino worker who recently arrived from Hong Kong, a 67-year-old male foreign national and 40-year-old Filipino male were admitted after exhibiting “flu-like” symptoms after traveling overseas.
However, she noted, the Canadian national is set to be discharged after test results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine came back negative for nCoV.
A separate press statement issued by Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital chief, Dr. Julius Drilon, also confirmed the CHO report.
Meanwhile, the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recently passed a resolution requesting a P10 million budget that will be utilized by the task force for the prevention and control of nCoV
The resolution is subject for approval by the Sangguniang Panlungsod./DGB, WDJ