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Philippines' 1st confirmed nCoV case tests negative —DOH

The 38-year-old Chinese woman who was the Philippines' first case of novel coronavirus infection is recovering as she tested negative for the virus, according to the Department of Health on Friday.

"The patient is still stable, no symptoms. Our reports indicate that the last test niya done on February 6, 'yung latest niya was negative already," DOH spokesperson Undersecretary Eric Domingo said at a press conference in Manila.

"But we already sent sample for the second test kasi we need two consecutive tests to be negative before we discharge the patient," he added.

The patient was from China's Wuhan City where the outbreak is believed to have emerged.

Her partner, who also tested positive for the virus, died last weekend in the Philippines and was the first fatal case outside China where over 600 have already died.

Meanwhile, the country's third confirmed case—a 60-year-old Chinese woman—recovered and was able to fly out to Shenzhen, China.

According to China's National Health Commission, 4.9% or 1,540 of the 31,161 confirmed cases it recorded on the national level as of February 6 had been "cured and discharged from hospitals."

There is currently no known cure for the novel coronavirus since it was not identified among humans before, but it has been reported that China started its clinical trials of the antiviral drug Remdesivir on Thursday. —LDF, GMA News