By Minka Tiangco
A 21-year-old nurse, who is suspected of contracting the 2019-novel coronavirus, was placed under quarantine, making her the fifth person under investigation (PUI) for the virus in Bohol province.
Dr. Cesar Tomas Lopez, spokesman of the Bohol provincial government’s anti-nCoV technical working group (TWG), said the nurse displayed flu-like symptoms after coming into contact with the 60-year-old Chinese woman who was the third reported 2019-nCoV case in the country.
One of the newly identified PUI’s colleagues, also a nurse, was already put under investigation after showing the same symptoms.
The other PUIs are two Americans aged 23 and 24.
The foreign PUIs reportedly travelled from New York to Beijing, China before going to Manila.
They went to El Nido and Coron, both in Palawan, before travelling to Bohol.
After developing fever and cough, the PUIs sought medical treatment at the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, where they are currently isolated.
The PUIs’ swab samples were taken and submitted to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine to determine if they are carriers of the virus from China.
Bohol Governor Arthur Yap said in an interview with DZMM that a 31-year-old Chinese national who was also quarantined after displaying flu-like symptoms has already been released from the hospital.
The Bohol provincial government also tracked the 60-year-old Chinese woman who tested positive for 2019-nCoV, and found that she is already healed and has returned to China.
Data from the Department of Health showed that there are 133 PUIs for 2019 nCoV nationwide. Of this, 115 are admitted and under quarantine while 16 are under strict monitoring after being discharged.