MANILA, Philippines, February 24 ------ The number of persons under investigation (PUIs) for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country appears to be on a decline, according to the latest Department of Health (DOH) report. Based on the DOH report released yesterday, only two individuals were added to the list of recorded PUIs nationwide over the weekend, bringing the total to 608. Of this total, 474 PUIs have already been discharged while 131 remain admitted in different health facilities, the DOH said.
It noted that as of last Saturday, 495 PUIs have tested negative for the virus while 55 await the laboratory results. The World Health Organization (WHO) reminded the public anew to frequently wash their hands as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 and other potentially deadly infections. “Never underestimate the power of the humble bar of soap. Washing your hands regularly is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others from COVID and many other diseases,” WHO said.
WHO advised the public to wash their hands either with alcohol-based rub or ordinary soap and water before eating, after toilet use, when hands are visibly dirty, and after handling animals. Health authorities also stressed the need for people to wash their hands before, during and after preparing food.