Five-year-old Chinese boy in Cebu tests negative for Wuhan coronavirus

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The five-year-old Chinese boy from Wuhan, China under the close watch of health authorities has tested negative for the novel coronavirus, the Department of Health confirmed Friday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 24) — The five-year-old Chinese boy from Wuhan, China under close watch of health authorities has tested negative for the novel coronavirus, the Department of Health confirmed Friday.

The agency said it received sample tests results from the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia.

"[Samples] from the child suspected of being infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) tested negative for the said virus," DOH said in a statement.

The boy traveled with his mother from Wuhan to Cebu City on January 12. He was admitted for investigation after he was found to have shown pneumonia-like symptoms such as fever, cough and throat irritation.

The boy earlier tested positive for the pancoronavirus. Pancoronavirus screening is a test to determine if a person has contracted a coronavirus strain.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque welcomed the test results.

“This is indeed very welcome news to ease the Filipinos’ growing concern. I assure everyone that your Department of Health will not stop here and is on top of this emerging health event," he said.

The novel coronavirus has already killed 26 people and left 800 others ill in China. Health officials are also monitoring another suspected case of a 36-year-old American man in Tacloban.

DOH recommended all tourists who have gone to Wuhan and who show symptoms of fever and cough, to immediately seek medical attention. Domingo also suggested to temporarily suspend travel plans to China because of the outbreak.