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Medical City denies rumors of coronavirus case

The Medical City on Sunday denied online rumors that it has a patient infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus.

"Contrary to the news spreading on social media, there is no confirmed case of Coronavirus in The Medical City," the Pasig City-based medical center said in a statement.

"We need to exercise caution when sharing unvalidated statements as these will only cause unnecessary anxiety," it added.

Saying that it "exercises the highest standards of infection control and hospital protocols in dealing with patients suspected to be infected with the virus," the hospital said that it has no patients classified as PUI (person under investigation) for the 2019 novel coronavirus.

"TMC has appropriately trained personnel capable of evaluating possible PUIs safely and measures are in place to ensure that both patients and staff are kept safe at all times," the statement said.

"We also wish to remind everyone to practice good hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and other infection control measures as a way to prevent getting sick from 2019-nCoV and other infectious diseases," The Medical City added, and provided its contact details (02-8988-1000 local 6624 or 6323) for those who may need more information.

The 2019-nCoV was identified by authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December in connection with a pneumonia outbreak. At least 56 people in China have died of the illness, with thousands more infected. 

Other countries, including the US, Japan, and France, have reported cases as well.

The Philippines currently has some patients under observation, but health authorities stress that there has been no confirmed cases of the virus in the country.— BM, GMA News