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Duterte orders ban of Chinese from Hubei, other places in China affected by nCoV

[ 314 words|2020.2.1|英字 (English) ]

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a travel ban of Chinese nationals coming from Hubei province and other areas in China with cases of deadly novel coronavirus, Malacanang said on Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte reached a decision after Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made a recommendation.

The first case of nCoV in the country raises "serious concern" by the government on the health and safety of the Filipinos, he said.

With this, he said Duterte instructed the DOH to commence the protocols it has prepared for such eventuality to contain the disease and neutralize its spread and transmission.

"The President has issued a travel ban to Chinese nationals coming from the Hubei province of China where the nCoV originated, as well in other places in China where there is a spread of the disease," he said in a statement.

The travel ban will "last until the threat is over," he said, stressing that the safety of the Filipinos is foremost in the mind of the President.

"The DOH assures us that every measure is being undertaken to contain the spread of the dreadful virus as well as monitoring and placing in quarantine those showing of symptoms of having nCov," he said.

The DOH confirmed Thursday the first case of nCoV involving a Chinese woman who traveled from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus in Hubei, to Hong Kong and then flew to Cebu, then to Dumaguete and finally landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Panelo said the Chinese woman is currently confined at government-owned San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

Quoting Duque, he said that the patient is being treated and isolated.

"There is no way that she will transmit the disease to another person as the hospital personnel are protectively dressed and their mouths and noses covered with surgical masks plus their hands covered with globes," he said. Celerina Monte/DMS