27 January 2020 | Earlier today, Manila Adventist Medical Center released a statement denying social media speculation about a patient or patients at the facility with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov).

According to Philippine news site, The Inquirer, the hospital in the city of Pasay, Metro Manila, also denied rumors that there were patients under investigation for the virus in the facility.

“In response to claims through text messages and social media, we would like to reassure our regular patrons and public at large that no patient diagnosed to have the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) or even patient under investigation for the same was admitted or presently admitted in the Adventist Medical Center Manila,” said the statement.

“Further, last January 25, 2020, a patient was timely screened and properly screened at the newly designated triage area of the Emergency Room and our ER physicians consequently coordinated with the San Lazaro Hospital for the speedy transfer of the patient,” added the statement.

Claims that Pasay City General Hospital was on lockdown due to the virus have also been confirmed as false. The Inquirer reported that the city government of Pasay had tried to calm fears that the coronavirus had been found in the city.

Although at least 11 people are currently being observed in the country, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Philippines.

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