- Earlier, the Department of Health has been sending specimens of patients suspected with 2019 novel coronavirus to Australia for laboratory testing
- However, the health agency insisted that the Philippines should have its own resources to determine the presence of coronavirus
- Health Secretary Francisco Duque claimed that Japan will help the Philippines and give us a “primer”
- There were about 132 reported casualties due to the 2019 novel coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China
Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said that Japanese experts will help the Philippines in testing those who have possible cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV).
KAMI learned from ABS-CBN News that according to Duque, only the government research institute in Muntinlupa can check the presence of coronavirus.
However, they cannot determine whether it was the same strain that was reported in Wuhan, China.
The authorities would then send the specimens of people suspected with coronavirus to Australia for laboratory tests. This procedure creates substantial delays in acquiring the results.
Therefore, Japan will be giving the Philippines a “primer” that could help determine if the person has novel coronavirus or not.
"Tumatagal ang panahon dito sa Australia e. Sabi ko, no, kailangan magkaroon tayo ng sariling kakayanan. Tutulong ang Japanese na magbibigay po sa atin nitong primer," Duque said.
The foreign department said that authorities will be bringing home Filipinos from China. The health department is still trying to determine where they can quarantine travelers from Wuhan for 14 days.
In a previous report by KAMI, a social media post has claimed that the novel coronavirus is a type of rabies from bats. However, the Department of Health has denied this claim.
On Wednesday, China has confirmed that 132 people died due to the infection and about 6,000 have been under investigation.
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