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2 quarantined fishermen test positive for coronavirus in the Philippines by Mary Judaline Partlow May 31,2020   |  Source: PNA

Two of the 164 fishermen who are under quarantine at a government-designated patient care center (PCC) in Dumaguete City, the Philippines, have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Negros Oriental Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion made the announcement Sunday at a press briefing in this capital city after having received the go-signal from the Department of Health in Region 7 (DOH-7).

Estacion said the two are from Ayungon, Negros Oriental and Samboan, Cebu.

They were brought to the Covid-19 isolation facility at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) here on Saturday evening following the return of the first batch of swab test results, she said.

Both confirmed cases are asymptomatic, she added.

Estacion further said throat swabs were again done on the two fishermen for repeat confirmatory testing in Cebu City.

She assured the public there is “very little risk” of community transmission here because the fishermen have been under quarantine since May 21 and have not been exposed to other people.

The fishermen arrived in Negros Oriental on May 17 onboard the fishing vessel Phillip D.R., which dropped anchor off the coast of Jilocon in the town of San Jose.

A dead fisherman on board was


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