President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday ordered a ban on tourists coming from Hubei province in China following the continuous prevention of the Philippines on the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus.
In a statement, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said that the decision of Duterte stemmed from the recommendation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
“The DOH assures us that every measure is being undertaken to contain the spread of the dreadful virus as well as monitoring and placing in quarantine those showing of symptoms of having nCoV,” the statement reads.
Pang. Duterte, pormal nang iniutos ang 'travel ban' mula sa mga galing sa Hubei province sa China, isang araw matapos kumpirmahin ng DOH ang unang kaso ng #nCoV sa bansa- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo | via @RH7HenryUri pic.twitter.com/1W6M1qcjF8
— DZRH NEWS (@dzrhnews) January 31, 2020
The Malacañang issued the statement a day after the Department of Health (DOH) announced the first nCoV case in the country — a 38-year-old woman from Wuhan City in China. She is currently under observation at San Lazaro Hospital.
As of posting, the death toll on the said virus has already climbed to 212 with thousands of new cases recorded every day.
The new figures came hours after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the deadly pathogen, which has spread to a number of countries around the world. Also, the latest numbers indicate that the daily death count is continuing to grow sharply, despite unprecedented measures imposed on Hubei a week ago.