THE 31-year-old Chinese woman who is one of the five patients under investigation (PUIs) for possible novel coronavirus has tested negative and will be discharged from the hospital today, according to Dr. Cesar Tomas Lopez.

“She is perfectly healthy now,” said Lopez in the press briefing also attended by national and regional media at Capitol this morning.

Lopez is a leading member and spokesperson of the inter-agency, multi-sectoral Provincial Technical Working Group (TWG) on Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases.

Consistent with the DOH, Lopez clarified that a PUI is not an nCoV case, much less a confirmed one.

A patient has to be considered a PUI as a DOH protocol and placed in isolation for proper hospital and medical management.

This is specifically when the symptomatic patient has previous close contact with a confirmed nCoV case or has come from China or passed through China before going to the Philippines.

Lopez said “Bohol is on top of the situation,” obviously referring to the nCoV preventive/precautionary/management measures which have been in place in the province since day one.

But Lopez admitted the need for a more intensified and calculated contact-tracing of those who might have come close to the 60-year-old woman, also a Chinese national, who was found nCoV-positive.

The woman had gone stable while being admitted at a private hospital’s isolation ward, was discharged last January 31, and has since gone back to China.