Bandung hospital yet to confirm isolated patients contracted nCov

Bandung, W Java (ANTARA) - The Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, West Java, has yet to confirm that two patients, undergoing treatment in isolated rooms since Sunday (Jan 26), have contracted the Wuhan novel coronavirus (nCov).

President Director of RSHS Bandung Nina Susana Dewi revealed that the hospital was yet awaiting the result of the examination after they sent samples from the patients to the Health Research and Development of the Health Ministry.

"We have sent the samples to the agency, and we await the result. We hope for the best for the two patients," Dewi stated here on Monday.

A Chinese national, identified by his initials as HG, 35, had exhibited symptoms of influenza and acute upper respiratory tract infection. The patient was referred from the Cahya Kawaluyaan Hospital in Padalarang District, West Java.

"Based on the initial health checkup, the patients are generally in good condition and exhibiting good vital signs. The body temperature was recorded at 37.7 degrees Celsius, but after further checking, the temperature had reached 36 degrees Celsius," she added.

HG was placed in an isolated room, as he had earlier paid a visit to China. The city in China that he had visited is some 1,300 kilometers away from Wuhan, the ground zero of the outbreak.

Another patient HA, 24, is a Bandung resident symptomatic with acute lower respiratory tract infection.

"HA had visited Singapore recently, so the doctors sent him to a special isolated room," she added.

As of Sunday, coronavirus had claimed the lives of 56 people in China and several other countries -- including the United States and Canada -- that have announced their confirmed cases.

However, none of the confirmed cases were found in Indonesia. Since the issuance of an official statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, the Indonesian government has remained on alert.

As part of its precautionary measures, thermal scanners have been installed at various airports around the archipelago for screening international passengers. The thermal scanners are aimed at detecting any foreign tourists symptomatic with this novel coronavirus.

Several hospitals in Indonesia's big cities have also made necessary preparations to handle those with suspected coronavirus symptoms.

Chinese authorities declared the first case of coronavirus after a person with pneumonia was hospitalized in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, according to an official statement of the WHO.

Over the past week, people, with symptoms of pneumonia and reported travel history to Wuhan, had been identified at international airports.

Source: ANTARA News

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