Ph unwilling to Ban Tourists from China but Urged OFWs to stay in China due to possible repercussion
Duterte not keen on banning travel to China amid coronavirus scare
The President says banning travel to China will be difficult since they "continue to respect the freedom flights that we enjoy."
President Rodrigo Duterte maintained on Wednesday that banning travel between the country and China will not be easy, despite the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that originated in the East Asian nation.
"Mahirap 'yang ano, sabihin mong [It is hard to say that] you suspend everything because they are not also suspending theirs and they continue to respect the freedom flights that we enjoy," Duterte told reporters in an ambush interview.
Duque not yet inclined to ban tourists from mainland China amid nCoV threat
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is currently unwilling to ban tourists from mainland China even with the threat of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) due to possible "repercussions" from China." ~ Charlie Laureta
Baka mahawa tayo! Panelo on OFWs in China: Let them stay there
Palace Spokesman Salvador Panelo is not keen on repatriating overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in China, where the deadly coronavirus outbreak started.
Talking to reporters, Panelo said OFWs should stay in China and follow health protocols issued by the Chinese authorities.
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“Now, with respect to the travel restriction and those who want to be repatriated here, we have already said that it might be difficult to repatriate them because we might even be risking them to contamination. So the best thing, I suppose, is to let them stay there and follow protocols in China, whatever protocols they have,” according to him.
“The problem nga is they might be opening themselves to contamination because when they leave there, they have to go to the airport and to ride in whatever. Pagdating dito, ganun din, baka lalong magkaproblema tayo,” he added.
2 ships from China arrive in Manila, get coronavirus clearance
Two ships from China docked at Pier 15 of the Port of Manila were declared "clear and safe" from the novel coronavirus by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the Philippine Coast Guard said on Tuesday, January 28.
The World Dream cruise ship arrived in Manila from Hong Kong on Tuesday. Its 778 passengers were "authorized to travel" by the BOQ.
They were originally scheduled to board the ship again on Tuesday night to travel to Subic Bay for a tour on Wednesday, January 29. However, Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr and Subic Mayor Jonathan John Khonghun both asked the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to stop admitting cruise ships because of the threat of the novel coronavirus.
In Olongapo City, which faces Subic Bay, groups rallied to protest the arrival of cruise ships, worried it would put them at risk of exposure to the virus.
Coast guard spokesperson Captain Armand Balilo said the World Dream's Subic tour has been canceled, and the cruise ship will sail back to Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Xiamen Air flight from China lands in Davao
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A Xiamen Air direct flight from Jinjiang, China that carried more than 50 Chinese nationals from Quanzhou in China arrived yesterday afternoon at the Davao International Airport here in President Duterte’s hometown.
The twice weekly Quanzhou (Jinjiang)-Davao-Quanzhou route, which is operated using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, is Xiamen Airlines’ fourth destination in the Philippines after Manila, Cebu and Kalibo.
The flight arrived amid public concern over the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) that has affected more than 6,000 people globally and killed over 100 in China.
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