DOH Sees No Need for PH To Deny People from China of Entry Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak
CORONAVIRUS – The Department of Health (DOH) does not see the need to deny the people from China of entering the Philippines amid the outbreak.
Several countries aside from China are now deeply monitoring the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The said disease was first recorded in Wuhan City in the province of Hubei in China.
The disease is linked to the bat soup served in Wuhan City but it has yet to be proven. Reportedly, its symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath – the signs like that of a flu.
Unfortunately, at least 160 people in China now have passed away due to the 2019 nCoV. Also, the confirmed cases have reached more than seven (7) thousand as of this writing.
Wuhan City is now under a lock-down to curb the spread of the 2019 nCoV. However, several people from other countries have visited the place in December and some Chinese have also flew from Wuhan before the lock-down.
Most airports now are on tight security measures to prevent the entry of the disease in the country. The Philippines is one of the countries that are still free from the said disease.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the DOH does not see the need to deny the people from mainland China to enter PH amid the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus. That is what Health Secretary Francisco Duque III asserted in a recent House plenary session.
“We have to be very careful also about the possible repercussions… the confirmed cases of conaviruses are not limited in China,” Duque said.
Based on the report, the Health Secretary explained that denying the people from China of entry to PH amid the outbreak of nCoV may spark question of not doing it in other countries with confirmed cases as well.
“Our quarantine officers are well equipped to make sure patients who will be classified as persons under investigation will be isolated,” he expressed.
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