CORONAVIRUS (2019nCoV) UPDATES – January 31, 2020

Gov’t urged to provide free masks to indigents amid nCoV scare

MANILA — A labor group on Friday urged the government to provide free standard face masks to poor citizens residing and working in areas identified as high-risk areas for virus exposure.Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) president Raymond Mendoza made the call a day after the Department… Read More

PAL, CEB reduce China flights amid nCov concerns

MANILA –Local carriers Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Thursday night announced that adjustments have been made in their flights to and from Chinese destinations amid the concerns about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov).CEB will reduce flights to and from mainland China, Hong… Read More

Amid nCoV scare, Andanar calls for public cooperation

MANILA — Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Friday enjoined the public to cooperate with the government as it intensified its fight against the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country.Andanar urged Filipinos to avoid crowded places and… Read More

Ships advised to take precautions vs. nCoV

MANILA –Shipowners and operators have been advised to coordinate with the authorities and train their personnel in dealing with the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) after the first case of the viral disease in the country have been confirmed.The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) advised ship… Read More

PUV drivers, conductors required to wear face masks: LTFRB

MANILA — All public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and conductors on Friday were ordered to wear face masks at all times while on duty due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV).The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) memorandum circular (MC) 2020-005 also calls for “all… Read More

1st nCoV case in PH serious, urgent concern: DepEd

MANILA — An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said the department sees the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as a serious and urgent concern.”We stand ready to contribute to the overall Philippine government efforts for the management of this public health situation and look to… Read More

Speaker backs temporary ban on travelers from Wuhan, Hubei

MANILA — Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to impose a temporary travel ban on visitors from Wuhan City, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, and the entire Hubei province in China.“Nakakasigurado tayo na… Read More

DOTr tightens watch due to nCoV

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, PAMPANGA –Safety measures have been tightened in the country’s transportation hubs as the country recorded its first case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said the DOTr and its attached agencies have been… Read More

San Lazaro Hospital equipped to treat nCoV patient: Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Friday allayed public fears over 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), ensuring the government is on top of the situation to stop the spread of infection in the country.Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo guaranteed that San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila,… Read More

DFA to repatriate Pinoys from nCoV-hit China next week

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) plans to evacuate the first batch of voluntary repatriates from the virus-hit China by next week upon clearance from the Chinese authorities.”The DFA intends to repatriate the first batch of Filipinos next week subject to China’s rules on… Read More

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