UP Diliman has PUI for novel coronavirus infection

UP Diliman has PUI for novel coronavirus infection
Diliman, one of the country’s top state universities, has one PUI for novel infection.

University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in Quezon City said Tuesday they have one person under investigation for 2019 novel coronavirus.

-Diliman chancellor UP-Diliman Chancellor Fidel Nemenzo they are now waiting for the test results if the patient would test positive of COVID-19.

Nemenzo said the patient had a fever, was screened at the University Health Service, and later transferred to another hospital for testing.

“We assure you that in handling the PUI (patient under investigation), all protocols were strictly followed. The patient was completely isolated from the rest of the UHS patients, and that the holding area was immediately disinfected,” he said in a Facebook post.

The chancellor, however, did not identify whether the patient is a student, employee, or faculty.

Diliman has PUI for novel

As a precaution against COVID-19, UP Diliman will implement the following measures, said Nemenzo.

• Indefinite travel ban

• Event cancellation

• Online classes

Nemenzo also urged the UP-Diliman community to practice social distancing, proper hygiene, and behavioral etiquette.

Those with would like to share information or ask questions should reach out to the campus’ virus task force at uhs.updiliman@up.edu.ph with “COVID-19” as a subject, mobile 0947-427-9281 or telephone number 8981-8500 local 2709, he said.

“These are not normal times. But I believe in our community’s resilience and ability to live through this crisis with compassion and solidarity,” said the chancellor.

“Time and again, we have seen that the most effective response to public health emergencies is our ability as a community to look out for each other,” he added.

As of today, the Philippines now has 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases with one fatality, which is a Chinese national from Wuhan, China.

Meanwhile, Mayor Joy Belmonte said three of the 24 cases were from Quezon City.