After other countries have issued travel bans on people coming from China in the midst of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has approved a temporary travel ban on people coming from Wuhan City and the rest of the Hubei Province.
Wuhan City is ground zero of the virus that has killed over 200 people in China and infected over 8,000 people worldwide, according to CNN. Home to 11 million people, the city has been on lockdown for about a week. Flights, trains, and buses leaving the city have been cancelled, according to CNN.
Today, January 31, Sen. Bong Go said he talked to Duterte following the first confirmed case in the Philippines, according to CNN Philippines. "Sang-ayon po si Pangulo na iimplementa ang temporary travel ban sa mga manggagaling mula Wuhan City and the entire Hubei Province.”
Go said Duterte will meet with medical experts and key government officials next week to discuss necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus. He said the government is also “studying the possibility of imposing temporary travel restrictions for those coming from other places affected by the infection.”
Yesterday, January 30, Go was asked about the calls to ban and screen Chinese nationals entering the country. “China is not the only country hit by the virus. Other countries, too, have cases. It’s hard to single China out,” he said according to Inquirer.
There are over 8,000 confirmed cases in China alone, a vast majority of the number of infected people worldwide. In the rest of the world, there are over 100 confirmed cases in 20 places, according to CNN. Today, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency.
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