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Health Secretary Duque Denies 2nd Coronavirus Death In Philippines

CORONAVIRUS – Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque denied the second coronavirus fatality in the Philippines.

Philippines is one of the countries that struggle to cope with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks. On Monday, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte placed the country in a state of public health emergency following the rise of coronavirus cases.

Duterte confirmed that there are now 24 COVID-19 cases in the country. Most of the victims are Filipinos. Among the patients are from other races is an American and a Taiwanese national.

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Following a previous article, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said they he received unverified info about the alleged second COVID-19 death case is the country.

The unverified info said that an American patient allegedly died before dawn and he has a pre-existing medical condition. “I still have to validate that,” Duque said.

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Recently, Francisco Duque III gave an update regarding the unverified patient who allegedly died due to the coronavirus. Based on a report from GMA News, the health secretary said there is no truth to that information.

Not true patient has expired. In a critical condition,” he said in a message.

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In a previous article, the Research Institute on Tropical Medicine (RITM) said the country lacks enough novel coronavirus test kits. DOH official Dr. Alethea De Guzman said they are expecting for the 4,500 more test kits from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) recently approved that test kits developed by local scientists at UPNIH (University of the Philippines National Institute of Health).

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