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PH so far tests 89,000 people for COVID-19; 88% turned out negative says DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) has so far conducted over 89,000 tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) nationwide in which 88% of them or 78,730 of the tests have came out with negative results while 10,139 or 11% came out with positive results for COVID-19.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire explained that disparity between confirmed COVID-19 cases and the number of positive tests is due to the need for validation.

There are also individuals who undergo repeat testing for the disease, as recommended by some hospitals, “Ang total positive tests ay maaaring mas mataas sa confirmed cases dahil dumadaan pa sa case validation and processing,” the Health official said in a virtual press briefing.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2, the outbreak of which started in China’s Wuhan City in Hubei province in late 2019.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

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