Antique’s first suspected nCoV case tests negative

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The first person under investigation for a possible novel coronavirus (nCoV) in Antique has been tested negative, according to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO).

IPHO chief Ric Noel Naciongayo cited the patient’s laboratory results sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City.

“We received again the result of the second sample from the RITM and it was negative from nCoV,” Naciongayo said on February 10.

According to him, the person under investigation (PUI) was a 29-year-old seaman who manifested flu-like symptoms after he traveled to China. (

The first nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs taken from the patient were sent to the RITM last February 4, while the second ones were delivered two days later.

“The doctor managing the first PUI will have no more reason to have him under hospital confinement so he will be discharged,” the health officer said.

Meanwhile, Naciongayo said the second PUI – another seaman who had a layover in Hong Kong before going home to Antique – is still under a 14-day quarantine at a hospital in the province.

Swabs taken from the 25-year-old patient from Tobias Fornier were sent the RITM last February 7.