Team Investigates 4 Chinese Vessels in Cagayan Port Over Coronavirus
CHINESE VESSELS – A Philippine team was ordered to investigate four (4) Chinese-named vessels that docked in Cagayan for possible risk of coronavirus.
The Philippines maintains strict securities in all the ports in the country to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. It is a disease that was first recorded in Wuhan City, China.
The novel coronavirus has killed more than 1,000 people in China. The toll of infected individuals has also exceeded 60,000 in the mainland. The said disease is speculated to have stemmed from the bat soup served in Wuhan market.
Several countries have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. A lot of people were able to flee from Wuhan before the lock-down and most of the patients outside China are Chinese nationals.
In the Philippines, three (3) Chinese nationals tested positive for novel coronavirus. They all came from China and one (1) of them, a 44-year-old Chinese man, passed away while being treated at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.
PH is one of the countries that implemented travel ban to foreigners coming from China and its neighboring nations. People who had contact with the coronavirus patients were also traced and put under monitoring to prevent the spread of the disease.
Amid the fight against the novel coronavirus, based on a report on PhilStar, four (4) Chinese vessels docked in Cagayan. The said vessels are the Xiang Yueng Huo 12, 13, 14, and 16.
To check on the possible risk of coronavirus infection on anyone carried by the vessels, a team was organized to investigate the vessels. According to the report, it is composed of the officers from Aparri local government, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Maritime Police, and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
Also, it is being monitored for possible black sand mining as the alleged owner of the company behind the vessels was linked to the issue. More updates may be posted soon.