Duterte issues travel ban on Chinese nationals from 2019-nCoV afflicted places in China

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President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a travel ban to Chinese nationals traveling from Hubei, China and other places officially confirmed where there is spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

“Upon the recommendation of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque, 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, as officially confirmed by the Chinese government,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

“It will last until the threat is over given that the safety of our countrymen is foremost in the President’s mind,” he added.

Secretary Panelo said the DOH has been instructed by the President to commence the protocols it has prepared for such an eventuality to contain the disease and neutralise its transmission and spread.

On January 30, the DOH confirmed the first case of 2019 nCoV in the Philippines.

“The Chinese woman afflicted with the dreadful illness came from Wuhan, flew to Hongkong, then to Cebu, then to Dumaguete and finally landed in NAIA. She is presently confined at San Lazaro,” Panelo said.

He added that per DOH Secretary Duque, 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 gloves,” Panelo explained.