2019 nCoV cases in the Philippines up to 2

The number of cases in the Philippines for the Wuhan coronavirus-acute respiratory disease (or 2019 nCoV) is up to two, DOH confirmed Sunday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque revealed on a press conference that the second confirmed case of nCoV is a 44-year old male companion of the first case, who was a 38-year old female Chinese from Wuhan, China.

Duque also said that the 44-year old male passed away on Saturday, the first nCoV related death in the country, the first nCoV death outside China, World Health Organization confirmed.

As of now, 24 persons under investigation tested negative of the virus while DOH is still awaiting results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine for the other four.

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