BACOLOD City – Two individuals in NegrosOccidental are now considered as patients under investigation (PUIs) forsuspected infection of the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease or2019-nCoV ARD, the City of Health Office (CHO) revealed. CHO Environment and Sanitation Divisionhead Grace Tan said they are closely monitoring the two PUIs admittedfor isolation at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Regional Hospital pending theresult of their laboratory test from the Research Institute for TropicalMedicine. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson meanwhilecalled on the public to be calm and continue their normal routine. She appealed to the public do notwithhold information if they have history of travel in China, Macau, Hongkong, Taiwanand any neighboring countries. Lacson emphasized that there is noconfirmed case yet of the virus in the province, only the two reported PUIs,who were in quarantine. The two are separated cases, Tan said. She said one of the PUIs was a43-year-old male Canadian national married to a Filipina and has traveled fromTaiwan. The other one is a 12-year-old boy, who has traveled from Macau,Hongkong. According to the World HealthOrganization, the 2019-nCoV has spread globally, affecting 22 places outside ofmainland China. SARS is caused by SARS coronavirus,which is of the same family of viruses as 2019-nCoV. (With WHO/PN) The cases in China exceeded the numberinfected by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002 and 2003, but SARShas a higher mortality rate so far. Tan clarified that the two PUIs are notresidents of this city.