The second laboratory tests carried out on the repatriated citizens of China were negative, the Directorate-General for Health reported this Friday. Since arriving in Portugal from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of the new coronavirus, the 20 people were in voluntary prophylactic isolation, which ends this Saturday, the day they will be discharged.
For the second time, repatriated citizens were tested. The laboratory analyzes, which were carried out this Friday morning “by the National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA), with two biological samples, were all negative”, says the DGS.
“The 20 repatriated citizens who were in dedicated facilities for this purpose, at the Pulido Valente Hospital (Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Norte), will end tomorrow the period of voluntary prophylactic isolation of 14 days“, read in the DGS communiqué sent to the newsrooms.
This group includes 18 Portuguese and two Brazilian, who arrived on February 2 at the military airport of Figo Maduro, Lisbon. They were all in the Chinese city of Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, which has claimed more than 1300 deaths and infected about 65,000 people worldwide. “On Saturday they will go to their homes”, announced on Tuesday, Graça Freitas, director-general of Health.
All seven suspected cases in Portugal were negative
Also on Friday, DGS reported that the seventh suspected case of coronavirus in Portugal “turned out to be negative”, after carrying out laboratory tests carried out by INSA, “with two negative biological samples”.
This suspicious case refers to a child returned from China who had been referred to Hospital Dona Estefânia today. The health unit is the Pediatric Reference Hospital for these situations.
Earlier this week, DGS validated two other suspected cases: a man who was admitted to the São João Hospital Center, in Porto, and a woman, who was referred to the Curry Cabral Hospital, in Lisbon. In both cases, laboratory tests were negative. The two patients had returned from China, but had no relationship between them, as explained by the general director of Health at the time, Graça Freitas.
The Covid-19 coronavirus has already killed 1383 people and infected around 65,000 people worldwide, according to the latest balance sheet. Most cases occurred in China, where the epidemic started late last year.
In addition to 1380 dead in mainland China, there is one dead in the Hong Kong region, one in the Philippines and one in Japan.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, there are 44 confirmed cases in the European Union and the United Kingdom.