Infected people dying on Streets of Wuhan, 500 Wuhan Nationals arrived in Ph w/ reports of Infected


Coronavirus leaves Wuhan a ‘zombieland’ with people collapsing in streets and medics patrolling in hazmat suits


Coronavirus leaves Wuhan a ‘zombieland’ with people collapsing in streets and medics patrolling in hazmat suits

AS the deadly coronavirus grips Wuhan footage has emerged of Chinese residents collapsing in streets and hospitals across the city.

Wuhan, where cases of coronavirus were first reported before the outbreak spread across the world,  has been dubbed “zombieland” by desperate locals.

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Nearly 500 Chinese tourists in PH to be flown back to Wuhan

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 24) – Close to 500 Chinese tourists who arrived in Kalibo, Aklan from the Chinese city where the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak began, will be transported back to their point of origin this week, an aviation official confirmed Friday.

Civil Aviation Board Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said that air carriers Royal Air Charter and Pan Pacific Airline will ferry the visitors back to Wuhan in three batches: Friday night, Saturday and Monday. The planes will then return to Kalibo without passengers. That's despite the transport clampdown in Wuhan, where the new virus called 2019-nCoV originated.

Pan Pacific operates charter flights on the Wuhan-Kalibo route Tuesdays to Sundays while Royal Air on Mondays to Saturdays. Those flights have since been suspended except for the three “ferry flights” to bring home the nearly 500 tourists from Kalibo.

Three cities in central China, including Wuhan, the city of 11 million people, are under lockdown, as Chinese authorities race to contain a deadly virus that has reached parts Asia and the United States. CNN reported that at least 26 people have died and 830 others infected in China as of Friday.

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Arcilla said the airlines have the clearance to repatriate the foreigners because they are Wuhan residents.

Wyrlou Samodio, CAB's chief legal officer, said the tourists' return to China were based on the decision of the two charter companies, who coordinated with Wuhan authorities, and the Philippine aviation board's directive to suspend flights to and from that Chinese city.

He said some of the tourists were already due to return home, while others had to cut short or could not extend their trips because of the suspension of flights to Wuhan.

Among them are the 135 foreigners who flew in Thursday, hours before Philippine authorities announced that as a precautionary measure, it will suspend flights to and from Wuhan, Aklan Provincial Health Officer Cornelio Cuachon said Friday.

None of them was quarantined and referred for hospital care as they did not show the red flag symptoms of the 2019-nCoV such as fever. 

But Arcilla said that strict health screenings in airports across the country since January 5 are not a "guarantee" that the new coronavirus will not enter the country.

He added the incubation period of the new respiratory virus, which is still undetermined, needs to be considered. After that period, the infected person usually would have fever, cough and colds, breathing difficulties, shortness of breath.

Arcilla said international passengers, especially those from China, were advised to see a doctor in case they feel they got the flu or another respiratory disease.


BI locates kin of Chinese man infected with coronavirus

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday said immigration officials have tracked down the Chinese family suspected to be carriers of the 2019 new coronavirus (nCOV) who traveled to Manila from Hong Kong.

"We may refer them to the BoQ (Bureau of Quarantine)," Guevarra told newsmen.

Guevarra also said the BoQ will take measures to restrict the movement of the family.

"I will direct the BI and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to find the people they have interacted within our country," Guevarra said.

In a statement, BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said they have verified the records of the Chinese family.

“(Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente) has ordered a verification of our records in order to provide information and assist the DOH in locating said Chinese nationals. We have identified the subjects, as well as extracted their address from our database,” the BI official added.

However, Sandoval refused to disclose their identities.

“We are, however, unable to share further details to the public as we will be forwarding this information to the Bureau of Quarantine for their information and their monitoring,” she said.

Hong Kong-based newspaper South China Morning Post reported that the family arrived in Manila from the island onboard Cebu Pacific flight 5J111 on Wednesday.

Hong Kong's Health Ministry said one member of the family, a 39-year-old man, was stopped after he tested positive for the 2019-nCOV, the first case of the virus in the Special Administrative Region.


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