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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Pagkuha ng lisensya sa Pinas, hihigpitan na; 15 hours of training, kailanganin

Matapos makakuha ng bagong impormasyon tungkol sa dami ng naitalang paglabag sa batas-trapiko, magiging mas mahigpit na raw ang Land Transportation Office (LTO) sa mga nais kumukuha ng lisensya.
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Ayon sa LTO, bago makakuha ng student's permit ang isang aspiring driver ay kakailangan muna nitong magkaroon ng 15 oras ng training mula sa isang accredited driving school. Itong naging plano ng ahensya matapos makita ang recent statistics na inilabas ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Sa datos mula sa MMDA, mga 12,000 na tsuper sa Metro Manila ang nagkaroon ng hindi bababa sa tatlong traffic violations. Bukod pa rito, ang pinakamatinding kaso raw na naitala ay ang sa isang bus driver na nakagawa ng lampas 500 violations simula noong 2005.  

Balak ng LTO na ipatupad ang additional requirement para sa mga student driver simula sa darating na Abril.  
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Sang-ayon sa planong ito ang mga social media user na naniniwalang masyado nang maraming pinsala ang idinulot at mga buhay na nawala dahil sa mga aksidenteng bunsod ng kapabayaan ng mga nagmamaneho. May mga hindi naman sang-ayon at nagsabi na hindi sapat kung sa student drivers lamang ang pagtutuunan ng pansin.

"I agree," sabi ni Allan C. Dugenio. "Dapat noon pa. Marami nang nasayang na buhay dahil sa kapabayaan ng mga nagmamaneho ng pampublikong sasakyan, lalo na ng mga jeep, bus, at truck. Sana hindi lang ngayon maghigpit kung 'di hanggang sa huling henerasyon."

"Higpitan ang pagkuha ng lisensya, actual at written test. Pati 'yong nag-approve sa kanya ng LTO, at 'yong nanghuhuli ay may pananagutan din. First offense, light violation, multa at seminar ulit. Second offense, six months suspension. Third offense, revocation of drivers license," wika ni Reynaldo Mendiola.

"Dapat kasi gayahin n'yo ang systema sa ibang bansa may points system ang violations. Kapag beating the red light o counterflow, pinakamataas ang points. Kapag lumampas sa limit ang violations ng driver in one year, hindi na mare-renew o automatic cancel ang lisensya. 'Di 'yong mga student permit pag-iinitan nyo," ani Ray Mun.


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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Video on Chinese Social Media Alleges That People are Spitting in Public to Spread the Coronavirus

China virus death toll surges past 1,500 while more than 66,000 people have now been infected. On the other hand, this Chinese coronavirus social media video widely circulated on Chinese social media alleges that people are spitting in public in a bid to spread the coronavirus in the affected country.

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A woman was caught on CCTV maliciously spreading the virus by putting water in her mouth and spitting it onto surfaces people touch and sit on.




And this another video caught in CCTV, a Chinese family of four from Guangxi province deliberately spat on tissue & smeared their saliva all over elevator buttons.


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A woman in the epicenter city of Wuhan was caught on surveillance video sneaking out late at night during the quarantine and spitting on a doorknob in her apartment complex, according to the Taiwan News.
A person who discovered the footage reported it to security guards. Moments later, police officers clad in hazmat suits arrived and sanitized public areas in the building.
Authorities said the case is under investigation, adding that more than 30 of the building’s residents have tested positive for coronavirus and that more than 90 have fevers, the news outlet reported.
It was unclear if the woman — whom many people described as “a demon walking on Earth” and “a sociopath trying to take revenge on her own country” — also was infected by the virus.

Monday, February 10, 2020

In UAE, If You Are Infected with Corona Virus, Your Bill Is Free

Whether they have insurance or not, novel coronavirus (nCoV) patients in the UAE will be treated for free, health authorities assured.
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In a recent Dubai Health Authority (DHA) circular issued to hospitals based on directives from the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap), all DHA-licensed health facilities must consider suspected or confirmed cases of the 2019-nCoV as emergency cases.

The circular stated that all health facilities must classify the cases in two categories: one for those with insurance coverage and another where insurance coverage is unavailable.

"If the patient has insurance, the cases shall be treated as emergencies according to insurance regulation and insurance companies will honour any claims received," it noted.

Meanwhile, for those who are not insured, "the cases shall still be considered emergencies and suspected or confirmed cases will not bear any payment of healthcare costs at any healthcare facilities."

The move aims to ensure the health and safety of the community and to contain patients with confirmed or suspected infection, and provide them with proper health services.
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Currently there are five nCoV-positive patients in the UAE, including a four-member Chinese family and a Chinese tourist.

Recently, one of them--a 73-year-old woman from China--has recovered from coronavirus. She thanked the Emirati health officials for the care provided to her and to the three members of her family.

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Thursday, February 06, 2020

Mga Hinihinalang May nCoV o Infected Sagot ng PhilHealth ang Pagpapagamot

May nCoV package ang Philhealth, ibig sabihin, babayaran ng Philhealth ang gastusin sa ospital ng mga persons under investigation at mga positibo sa nCoV. 
State insurer PhilHealth will help cover the hospital stay of members who are suspected to have the novel coronavirus. That's according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III who said the PhilHeealth board convened on Thursday to come up with a so-called 'nCoV' package.


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"Yesterday, the PhilHealth Board convened and decided that there will be a novel coronavirus package. P1,000 per day for the hospital that takes care of a patient of novel [coronavirus] even not confirmed," Duque said in an interview with Karen Davila on ANC TV.

He said that this would apply to the 14-day quarantine period that is needed. Philhealth will pay the hospital P1,000 daily for the next 14 days.

"If pneumonia sets in, then there's a pneumonia package—from mild, P16,000, to severe P32,000,"
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Inaprubahan na ng PhilHealth at mga Board of Directors nito ang benefit package para sa miyembro na maaapektuhan nito lalo na yung mga under investigation (PUI) na posibleng tinamaan ng novel coronavirus (nCoV).
Ayon pa sa PhilHealth, kasama na sa benefit package ang mga naka-quarantine sa mga hospital pagamutan. Gamit ang case rates, ay bayad na ang paggamot sa nCov.
Sa mga magkakaroon ng malubhang kaso naman at maaring humantong sa moderate hanggang high-risk pneumonia, sasagutin ng social health insurer ang mga medikal na gastos ng pasyente.

Mayroon nang dalawang nagpositibo sa nCoV sa bansa as of February 2, 2020 ngunit ito ay mga pawang Chinese national.
Hinihikayat ng PhilHealth ang publiko na tiyakin ang personal hygiene, katulad ng madalas na pag­huhugas ng kamay at pag-iwas sa mga matataong lugar. 
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Video Watch: The Doctor Who Warned China About Corona Virus is Fighting for His Life

Doctor Li Wenliang is one of the whistleblowers who warned authorities of a potential "SARS-like" outbreak in December 2019, but was reprimanded by Wuhan police instead. The coronavirus has since claimed at least 425 lives and sickened more than 20,000 people globally -- including Li and his family.

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In early January, authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan were trying to keep news of a new coronavirus under wraps. When one doctor tried to warn fellow medics about the outbreak, the police paid him a visit and told him to stop. A month later he has been hailed as a hero after he posted his story from a hospital bed.
Image result for doctor who warn about coronavirus" Dr. Li was working at the center of the outbreak in December when he noticed seven cases of a virus that he thought looked like Sars - the virus that led to a global epidemic in 2003. The cases were thought to come from the Huanan Seafood market in Wuhan and the patients were in quarantine in his hospital.

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Unang Filipino Na Biktima ng Novel Corona Virus ay OFW Seaman

Ang crew member na naka-quarantine sa Japan ang kauna-unahang Pinoy na nagpositibo sa 2019 Novel #Coronavirus. #nCoV  A Filipino seafarer onboard a cruise ship in Japan was among the 10 people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Of the 10 infected people, 3 are Japanese, 3 are Chinese, two are Australians, one is a Filipino and another is an American, according to Carnival Japan Inc., the operator of the Diamond Princess. None are showing severe symptoms, and some have no symptoms at all, the ministry said. They were all hospitalized to prevent infections from spreading further.     Ads  Nag-positibo ang isang Pinoy sa 2019-nCoV kasama ng siyam na iba pa lulan ng isang cruise ship sa Japan – narito ang mga hakbang na ginagawa ng mga otoridad.   Ads      Sponsored Links    Ang mga nasabing pasyente ay dadalhin umano sa mga lokal na pagamutan para sa malapatan ng lunas ayun sa Princess Cruises. Ang barko ay may 2,600 na mga pasahero at mahigit sa 1,000 na mga trabahante na isasailalim sa quarantine sa Yokohama ng 14 na araw.    Ayun naman sa embahada ng Tokyo, sa Japan, nasa mga 538 ang mga Pinoy na nagtratrabaho sa barkong Princess Cruises at patuloy na minomonitor ang kanilang mga sitwasyon doon.  Philippine Embassy in Japan  "UPDATES REGARDING THE DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP DOCKED IN YOKOHAMA, JAPAN  The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo is closely and actively monitoring the welfare of Filipinos onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is currently docked off the port of Yokohama, Japan under a quarantine implemented by the Japanese Government.  The cruise ship was quarantined when one of the passengers tested positive for the novel corona virus (nCoV).  As of this time, 10 persons onboard the cruise ship, including one Filipino, have tested positive for the virus and will be transferred to a healthcare facility. The other passengers have been asked to remain onboard the ship for the required 14-day quarantine period.  There are 538 Filipinos onboard the ship.  The Embassy is in constant communication with the Filipinos remaining onboard and is closely coordinating with Japanese authorities to provide them all possible assistance. END
Ang crew member na naka-quarantine sa Japan ang kauna-unahang Pinoy na nagpositibo sa 2019 Novel #Coronavirus. #nCoV
A Filipino seafarer onboard a cruise ship in Japan was among the 10 people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Of the 10 infected people, 3 are Japanese, 3 are Chinese, two are Australians, one is a Filipino and another is an American, according to Carnival Japan Inc., the operator of the Diamond Princess.
None are showing severe symptoms, and some have no symptoms at all, the ministry said. They were all hospitalized to prevent infections from spreading further.


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Nag-positibo ang isang Pinoy sa 2019-nCoV kasama ng siyam na iba pa lulan ng isang cruise ship sa Japan – narito ang mga hakbang na ginagawa ng mga otoridad. 
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Ang mga nasabing pasyente ay dadalhin umano sa mga lokal na pagamutan para sa malapatan ng lunas ayun sa Princess Cruises. Ang barko ay may 2,600 na mga pasahero at mahigit sa 1,000 na mga trabahante na isasailalim sa quarantine sa Yokohama ng 14 na araw.  
Ayun naman sa embahada ng Tokyo, sa Japan, nasa mga 538 ang mga Pinoy na nagtratrabaho sa barkong Princess Cruises at patuloy na minomonitor ang kanilang mga sitwasyon doon.
"UPDATES REGARDING THE DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP DOCKED IN YOKOHAMA, JAPAN
The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo is closely and actively monitoring the welfare of Filipinos onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is currently docked off the port of Yokohama, Japan under a quarantine implemented by the Japanese Government.
The cruise ship was quarantined when one of the passengers tested positive for the novel corona virus (nCoV).
As of this time, 10 persons onboard the cruise ship, including one Filipino, have tested positive for the virus and will be transferred to a healthcare facility. The other passengers have been asked to remain onboard the ship for the required 14-day quarantine period.
There are 538 Filipinos onboard the ship.
The Embassy is in constant communication with the Filipinos remaining onboard and is closely coordinating with Japanese authorities to provide them all possible assistance. END
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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

8 Katanungan ukol sa Coronavirus Outbreak, at mga Kasagutan





Marami ang nababahala sa bagong tuklas na 2019 novel coronavirus - acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV-ARD), pero ano nga ba ang sakit na ito, saan ito galing at mapipigilan pa ba ang paglaganap nito sa iba't-ibang bahagi ng mundo? Narito ang ilan sa mga tanong at kasagutan ukol sa virus na nagmula sa China.

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1. Ano ang coronavirus at mga sintomas nito?

Nagmula sa malaking pamilya ng mga virus ang coronavirus na madalas umaatake sa respiratory system. Nagmula ang pangalan nito sa Latin word corona, na ang ibig sabihin ay "crown" dahil sa tila koronang nakapalibot sa nasabing mga virus. Kabilang sa pinaka-apektadong mga hayop ng nasabing virus ay ang mga panike, pusa at mga ibon.

Pitong virus lamang mula sa pamilya ng coronavirus ang napatunayang nakakahawa sa mga tawo at kinabibilangan ito ng 2019-nCoV, SARS at MERS.

Ang SARS ay pinaniniwalaang nagmula sa mga panike papunta sa mga civet cats papunta sa tao sa Chinal. Mula naman sa mga paniki papunta sa mga camels papunta sa tao ang sa Middle East ang MERS habang wala pang nakaka-alam kung saan nangggaling ang 2019 nCoV.

Sa ngayon, pinaniniwalaang nagmula ito sa mga hayop sa Wuhan, China ngunit patuloy pa na pinag-aaralan ng mga researchers ang totoong pinagmulan nito.


Ano ang mga sintomas?

Lagnat, ubo, at hirap sa pag-hinga. Ito ang sintomas ng karamihan sa mga pasyenteng nahawa sa 2019-nCoV ayon sa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ngunit sa mas detalyadong ulat nga The Lancet, pinaka-karaniwang sintomas ng sakit ay lagnat, ubo, pananakit ng mga kalamnan, diarrhea at ubong may plema o dugo ang nakitang sintomas sa unang 41 pasyenteng kumpermadong may 2019 nCoV sa Wuhan.

Nakitaan din ng pneumonia at abnormalidad sa kanilang mga baga ang mga pasyente ayon na rin sa CT scan.

Ngunit sa ngayon, may mga kaso na rin na nakapagtala lamang ng mild symptoms, gaya ng apat na mga kaso sa southern Germany. May mga ebidensiya rin ng asymptomatic cases — kaso na walang sintomas.

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2. Paano kumalat ang mga coronavirus?

Wala pang nakaka-alam at patuloy na pinag-aaralan kung paano talaga kumakalat ang 2019-nCoV, ngunit ayon sa datus kung paano kumakalat ang MERS, SARS at iba pang respiratory viruses mula tao sa tao, madalas sa pamamagitan ito ng droplets mula sa pag-ubo o pagbahing.

Sakaling umubo o bumahing ang isang infected na tao at umabot sa ilong, mata o bibig ng ibang tao ang droplets nito, maari niyang maipasa ang virus ayon kay Jennifer Nuzzo, an infectious disease expert and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

May bihirang pagkakataon din na nakukuha ang respiratory disease sa pamamagitan ng paghawak sa mga droplets na dumikit sa mga bagay-bagay — at pag-hawak sa bibig, mata at ilong. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit napaka-importante ng hand-washing sa lahat na oras lalo na sa panahon ng outbreak.





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3. Dapat pa ba akong mag-travel habang may outbreak?

Nagpalabas na ng pinaka-mataas na travel alert sa China ang CDC at US State Department at pinayuhan ang kanilang mga citizen na iwasan ang pagpunta sa nabanggit na bansa sa ngayon.

Maliban sa posibilidad na mahawa sa bagong virus, napakaraming airlines na din ang nag-kansela ng flights papuntang China dahil sa bumabang demand. Hindi rin nakakatuwang ma-stuck sa China at sumailalim sa dagdag na screening sa iyong pag-uwi sa bansang pinanggalingan.

Ngunit ayon kay Isaac Bogoch, professor sa University of Toronto, napaka-baba ng tsansang mahawa sa infection sa labas ng Hubei o labas ng China.

4. Nag-aalala pa rin ako tungkol sa bagong coronavirus. Ano ang dapat kong gawin upang maprotektahan ang sarili? Makakatulong ba ang paggamit ng mask?

Ayon sa mga health experts, walang magandang patunay na sumusuporta sa paggamit ng face mask upang maka-iwas sa sakit sa pangkalahatan.

Makakatulong lamang ang facemask sa mga taong may nararamdaman ng respirartory infection at nais na limitahan ang posibilidad na makahawa ito sa iba. Malaking tulong din ito sa mga nagtatrabaho sa ospital at may mga direktang contact sa mga taong may respiratory illnesses.

Ayon sa CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, hindi kumakalat ang virus sa pangkalahatan. Sa kabila nito marami pa rin ang nagtatago ng mga face mask sa maling rason.

Dagdag pa ng CDC na paghugas ng kamay, pagtakip ng bibig kung umuubo at pangangalaga sa sarili pa rin ang pinaka-mabisang paraan upang maka-iwas sa sakit.



5. Paano naman ang mga taong carrier ng virus ngunit huling lumabas ang mga sintomas? Nakakabahala rin ba ito?

Sa Germany naiulat na maaring maipasa ang virus bago pa man lumabas ang sintomas nito. Enero 27 ng ma-identify ang outbreak sa Bavaria kung saan isang German businessman ang na-diagnose. Nagkaroon ito ng meeting sa isang babaeng kasama sa trabaho at kababalik lamang mula sa Shanghai at may dalang virus ngunit hindi niya ito alam.

Lumabas lamang umano ang sintomas sa babae gaya ng lagnat at ubo matapos itong umalis sa Germany at ilang araw matapos ang meeting sa nasabing negosyante. Dahil dito, pinaniniwalaang naipasa ng babae ang virus sa lalaki bago pa man nito nalaman na may sakit na siya. Enero 28, tatlong kasamahan pa sa trabaho ng negosyante ang na-diagnose na may virus.

Dahil dito lumalabas sa pag-aaral na maaring maging source ng 2019 nCoV ang asymptomatic persons ngunit gaya ng mga German patients, napaka-mild lamang umano ng infection na nakuha ng mga ito.

6. Nangangahulugan bang maging isang deadly pandemic ang coronavirus matapos itong ideneklara ng WHO bilang global health emergency?

Hindi nangangahulugang maging isang deadly pandemic o marami ang mamamatay sa buong mundo matapos ideneklara ng WHO ang coronavirus bilang “public health emergency of international concern,” o PHEIC.

Sa halip isang political tool ang PHEIC upang mapigilan ang pandemic dahil binibigyan nito ng kaukulang atensiyon ang isang seryosong sakit na nagbabanta. Sa pamamagitan ng deklarasyon, nabibigyan din ng kaukulang impormasyon ang mga bansa kung paano harapin at mapigilan ang paglaganap ng sakit.

Malinaw ang pahayag ni WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, na mas nababahala ang ahensiya sa pinsalang maaring iwan ng virus sa mga bansang may mahinang health system, dahilan kung bakit ito nananawagan ng tulong sa international community.

7. Kasama ba ang aming lugar sa posibleng magkaroon ng outbreak?

Ayon sa pag-aaral ng mga researchers mula sa University of Oxford, University of Toronto, at London School of Medicine and Tropical Hygiene, ang East Asia at Southeast Asia ang may pinaka-malaking risgo sa sakit. Ito ay ayon sa 2019 data mula sa International Air Transport Association kung saan inalam ang mga lungsod sa China na pinuntahan ng nasa 100,000 airline passengers mula sa Wuhan mula Pebrero hanggang Abril.

Hindi rin umano dapat ikagulat kung may maraming kaso na maiuulat sa Europa o US, ngunit ang East Asia at Southeast Asia ang magiging sentro ng napakaraming bilang ng infections. 

Narito ang 15 mga lugar sa top 50 destinations na posibleng magka-outbreak. Sa pamamagitan ng Infectious Disease Vulnerability Index (IDVI), sinusukat ang kakayahan ng isang bansa sa pangangasiwa nito sa mga nakakahawang sakit. (Scores closer to zero mean they’re less prepared.)



8. Kailan ito matatapos?


Maraming paraan na maaring maging dahilan upang matapos ang outbreak. Una ang public health measures kung saan mabilis ang pag-identify sa mga taong infected at agad na ina-isolate. Sa pamamagitan nito, mapipigilan ang pagkalat ng coronavirus. Ito rin ang pumigil sa pagkalat ng SARS noong 2003.

Dahil isang zoonotic disease ang coronavirus, o sakit mula sa mga hayop, makakatulong din ng malaki kung agad na makikita o malalaman ang totoong pinanggalingan ng virus.

Malaking tulong din sakaling may ma-imbento agad na bakuna o anti-viral upang mapigilan ang epidemya ngunit posibleng aabutin ito ng ilang taon.

Sa huli, may posibilidad din na kusang mamamatay lamang ang virus kung wala ng mga taong madaling kapitan ng sakit.




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Monday, February 03, 2020

8 Filipinos in contact with Chinese couple from Wuhan experience flu-like symptom

Eight persons who came in close contact with the Chinese couple from Wuhan have been placed under observation after exhibiting flu-like symptom, an official from the Department of Health-Epidemiology Bureau (DOH-EB) disclosed.
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On Monday, February 3, DOH-EB Director Chito Avelino disclosed that eight of the 80 patients under investigation (PUIs) had contacted the couple who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (nCoV).

“Doon sa PUIs na reported today, may nakita tayo sa contact tracing, may nagkaroon ng symptoms ng ubo at sipon. At eto (walo) ay nakasama sa bilang natin ngayon,” Avelino said.
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In a press conference on Sunday, February 2, health officials confirmed the first nCoV death in the Philippines: a 44-year-old male who died on Saturday, February 1.  While the patient was stable and showed signs of improvement in his last few days, his condition deteriorated within his last 24 hours resulting to his demise.

It was disclosed that the country recorded two confirmed cases in the Philippines: a 38-year-old Chinese female and her companion, a 44-year-old Chinese male. Both patients are from Wuhan, China and arrived in the Philippines via Hong Kong last January 21. They were both admitted for isolation and supportive treatment at the San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

The DOH-EB is currently conducting contact tracing of passengers aboard the flights of the two positive cases. It has secured the manifestos of the flights and is in close coordination with the concerned airlines. Contact tracing activities are ongoing in Cebu and Dumaguete, and in other places where the patients stayed and traveled to.

“The Philippine Government has already implemented a temporary travel ban for travelers coming from China, Macao, and Hong Kong. DOH is monitoring every development on the 2019-nCoV very closely and is taking proactive measures to contain the spread of this virus in our country. This health event is fast-evolving and fluid. We are continuously recalibrating our plans and efforts as the situation develops,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

“We are providing the public with constant updates and advisories as frequently as possible, so all I ask from the public now is to heed the advisories from official DOH channels and to refrain from sharing unverified and unvalidated information. I assure the public that we will keep you abreast of any information that we have,” he added.

Meanwhile, in China, a woman with coronavirus gave birth to a healthy baby girl, giving hope to thousands of people amid the nCoV scare.



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Sunday, February 02, 2020

Duterte orders temporary travel ban on travelers from China amid nCoV threat

Amid the current novel coronavirus (nCoV) President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a temporary travel ban on all travelers coming from mainland China and its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau.
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In an interview with Dobol B sa News TV, Senator Bong Go announced the president's order.

"Sa ngayon ay mag-i-implement na ng temporary travel ban on travelers coming from any part of China and its special administrative regions on top of the existing temporary travel ban imposed on those coming from Hubei province and other affected areas. Taking into consideration the concerns raised by key government officials and health experts, the President made a decision and has agreed to adopt this recommendation and implement it immediately as additional precautionary measure to protect the Filipinos," he said.

"Magkakaroon tayo ng temporary ban banning the entry of any person except Filipino citizens and holders of permanent resident visa issued by the Philippine government directly coming from China and its special administrative regions. Kung ibang bansa naman ang pinanggalingan mo pero nanggaling ka sa China within 14 days before arrival at hindi ka Pilipino o Philippine resident, hindi ka makakapasok sa Pilipinas," he further explained.
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In a press conference on Sunday, February 2, health officials confirmed the first nCoV death in the Philippines: a 44-year-old male who died on Saturday, February 1.  While the patient was stable and showed signs of improvement in his last few days, his condition deteriorated within his last 24 hours resulting to his demise.

It was disclosed that the country recorded two confirmed cases: a 38-year-old Chinese female and her companion, a 44-year-old Chinese male. Both patients are from Wuhan, China and arrived in the Philippines via Hong Kong last January 21. They were both admitted for isolation and supportive treatment at the San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

The DOH's Epidemiology Bureau (EB) is urrently conducting contact tracing of passengers aboard the flights of the two positive cases. EB has secured the manifestos of the flights and is in close coordination with the concerned airlines. Contact tracing activities are ongoing in Cebu and Dumaguete, and in other places where the patients stayed and traveled to.

“The Philippine Government has already implemented a temporary travel ban for travelers coming from China, Macao, and Hong Kong. DOH is monitoring every development on the 2019-nCoV very closely and is taking proactive measures to contain the spread of this virus in our country. This health event is fast-evolving and fluid. We are continuously recalibrating our plans and efforts as the situation develops,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

“We are providing the public with constant updates and advisories as frequently as possible, so all I ask from the public now is to heed the advisories from official DOH channels and to refrain from sharing unverified and unvalidated information. I assure the public that we will keep you abreast of any information that we have,” he added.
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BREAKING: 2 islands near Bataan eyed as quarantine facilities for OFWs from China

The Department of Health (DOH) is eyeing two military facilities as possible quarantine areas for hundreds of Filipinos who are coming home from Wuhan, Hubei, China.
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In an interview, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters that the Department of Health (DOH) officials is looking at the naval station on Caballo Island and the Drug Rehabilitation Center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

It can be recalled that the facility on Caballo Island served as the quarantine area for over a hundred Pinoy soldiers when they arrived in the country after a mision in Liberia amid the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The center in Fort Magsaysay, on the other hand, was built to house up to 10,000 drug dependents who were expected to surrender to the government in its “war on drugs".

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Meanwhile, in a press conference on Sunday, February 2, health officials confirmed the first nCoV death in the Philippines: a 44-year-old male who died on Saturday, February 1.  While the patient was stable and showed signs of improvement in his last few days, his condition deteriorated within his last 24 hours resulting to his demise.

It was disclosed that the country recorded two confirmed cases in the Philippines: a 38-year-old Chinese female and her companion, a 44-year-old Chinese male. Both patients are from Wuhan, China and arrived in the Philippines via Hong Kong last January 21. They were both admitted for isolation and supportive treatment at the San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

The DOH's Epidemiology Bureau (EB) is urrently conducting contact tracing of passengers aboard the flights of the two positive cases. EB has secured the manifestos of the flights and is in close coordination with the concerned airlines. Contact tracing activities are ongoing in Cebu and Dumaguete, and in other places where the patients stayed and traveled to.

“The Philippine Government has already implemented a temporary travel ban for travelers coming from China, Macao, and Hong Kong. DOH is monitoring every development on the 2019-nCoV very closely and is taking proactive measures to contain the spread of this virus in our country. This health event is fast-evolving and fluid. We are continuously recalibrating our plans and efforts as the situation develops,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

“We are providing the public with constant updates and advisories as frequently as possible, so all I ask from the public now is to heed the advisories from official DOH channels and to refrain from sharing unverified and unvalidated information. I assure the public that we will keep you abreast of any information that we have,” he added.
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