The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) said the country is now monitoring only one Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case since the three other suspected cases have turned out negative.

The index case, the pregnant Filipina nurse who arrived from the Middle East on February 1, is the only one confirmed case.

Fifty-six people were earlier identified to have had close contact with the Filipina nurse after being admitted at the Evangelista Medical Specialty Center in San Pedro, Laguna. While 11 were brought to the RITM, only one was left confined. The other patient, a “MERS-CoV suspect” was also cleared of the virus based on further tests.