Schools in Manila suspends classes amid coronavirus scare in Binondo

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Several schools in Metro Manila suspended classes on Monday, January 27, as part of their preventive measures over coronavirus scare circulated online on Sunday night.

The information came from Raffy Tulfo in Action Facebook page. It said they received an e-mail Sunday night from a concerned health worker working in Metropolitan Medical Center (MMC) in Binondo, Manila.

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They said a man who recently traveled from Wuhan, China, was rushed to the hospital and showed symptoms of coronavirus such as fever and cough.

They also said the hospital already sent the samples from the patient to Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for further tests and confirmation.

Raffy Tulfo in Action urged the Department of Health to investigate the said coronavirus case.

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Coronavirus in Manila update

As of this writing, there is still no confirmed case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the Philippines.

The Manila Health Department clarified in a statement that the Chinese man in Binondo, Manila, who admitted to a hospital, has community-acquired pneumonia and not 2019 novel coronavirus, Monday, January 27.

The Chinese national works at a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) company.

He was hospitalized at Metropolitan Hospital last Saturday due to fever and cough. Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan said the man is now in stable condition and without a fever.

“The patient has fever and cough but negative on the history of travel to Wuhan, China, and no history of exposure to a host or positive case,” Pangan said.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, the following schools canceled classes:

  • Hope Christian High School in Manila
  • Pace Academy in Quezon City
  • St. Jude Catholic School in Manila
  • St. Stephen’s High School in Manila
  • Uno High School in Manila
  • Chiang Kai Shek College (Algue and Narra campuses)
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