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Only 1 negative COVID-19 test result needed for hospital discharge – DOH

Under the new protocol, patients can be discharged if they are clinically asymptomatic and have at least one negative COVID-19 test result.

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The Department of Health (DOH) announced the revised protocol for discharging patients confirmed to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) as an attempt to decongest hospitals since the number of cases continues to rise.

According to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, under the new protocol, patients can be discharged if they are clinically asymptomatic and have at least one negative COVID-19 test result.

Prior to this, patients needed two negative test results in order to be discharged.

However, patients who will be discharged after one negative test result will still undergo a 14-day quarantine before they are tested again.

The number of patients who recovered from COVID-19 in the Philippines rose to 26 as of reporting time of March 25. It has claimed 38 people, and infected 636 people nationwide.

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