‘Not yet at this time’: Duterte on travel ban for some Chinese cities

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“Not yet at this time. As a matter of fact, there is no known transmission from human to human na galing China,” President Rodrigo Duterte said when asked, during an interview January 29, about the proposed travel ban for some Chinese cities with cases of novel coronavirus.

“Could be. If there is the slightest possibility that a contamination could occur in the Philippines, then we will have to take measures,” he added.

“Mahirap ‘yang ano — sabihin mo you suspend everything because they are not also suspending theirs and they continue to respect the freedom flights that we enjoy in their country,” he added.

He also said that the government is ready to repatriate Filipinos from Wuhan, China, but with precaution.

“We are always conscious of our citizens, their health. And if they are going home, we are ready to ferry them back to the Philippines but all precautions must be in place,” he said.

“Maybe the spraying of the entire plane from the landing gear up to the rooftop or whatever. I leave it to the proper authorities to do that,” he added.

“I said but kung may mga sakit tayo na may tama na at gusto nang umuwi, siyempre kaawa naman kung hindi natin tulungan. I will not argue that they should also be inside a locked down place,” he explained.

“They are given the go signal. My — well my thinking is that we will just have to go there and rescue them. I said but all precautions must be in place so as not to allow another contamination here,” he noted. “It’s easy for a contamination to spread from people to people. Hindi pa nila alam kung ano ‘tong yawa na ito eh.”