Korean in Bacolod City negative of MERS-CoV

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The 22-year-old Korean was under quarantine at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City.

Bacolod City (CNN Philippines) — The Korean student, who has been quarantined at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City since Tuesday (June 30), tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).

Dr. Julius Drilon, CLMMRH chief of hospital, confirmed at about 4:30 p.m. today (July 2) that the swab sample taken from the 22-year-old student yielded negative results for the virus.

Marlon Tabligan, chief of Medical Professional Staff of CLMMRH, added that the result came from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), where the swab sample of Korean was sent Tuesday.

Drilon said that the patient may be released tonight or tomorrow.

Health authorities, meanwhile, appeal to the public to stop re-posting posts on social media or forwarding text messages about the MERS scare in Bacolod.