Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo shared in a press conference that the DOH's Epidemiology Bureau was able to contact the family members and it found that they were well. DOH also found no need to isolate or quarantine the family members.
"None of them are suffering from any illness, [wala silang sakit]," said Domingo. "So wala namang need for us to do any tests on them or to admit them or to hold them in isolation.”
The relatives of the 39-year-old Chinese man traveled to Manila from Hong Kong via Cebu Pacific Flight 5J111 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. According to reports, he rode high-speed trains from Wuhan, China—the center of the coronavirus outbreak, to West Kowloon, Hong Kong. After undergoing two tests that confirmed his infection, only his relatives were allowed to board their flight to Manila.
Passengers on the same flight have been advised to immediately get checked in case they experience any flu-like symptoms.
The number of coronavirus cases has risen to nearly 650 worldwide, with cases reported in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. At least 17 have died in China. A Chinese boy from Wuhan who landed in Cebu has tested negative of coronavirus.
Millions of Chinese are expected to travel around China to visit their families for the upcoming Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, which falls on January 25.