LTFRB Orders Terminal Operators To Provide Free Face Masks And Disinfectants To Passengers

PUV drivers and conductors are also required to wear face masks while on duty.
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Amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has directed terminal operators to “provide face masks as well as disinfectant or sanitizer dispensers for free use of passengers,” according to Manila Bulletin.

In the memo dated yesterday, January 30, the LTFRB also ordered drivers and conductors of Public Utility Vehicles to “properly wear face masks at all times while on duty.” 

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Some stores in Manila City are reportedly running out of face masks because of the high demand and low supply, according to GMA News Online. Yesterday, the Manila City government said they will distribute 500,000 surgical face masks to public school students from elementary to college level, according to Inquirer. 

It was also yesterday that the first case of the virus in the Philippines was confirmed: a 38-year-old woman from Wuhan City in China, ground zero of the virus. 

Today, January 31, the World Health Organization declared the virus a global health emergency. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte approved today a temporary travel ban on people coming from Wuhan City and the rest of the Hubei Province. 

As of the latest count, the novel coronavirus has killed over 200 people and infected over 9,600 in China alone, according to CNN. In the rest of the world, there are over 200 confirmed infections in 20 places. 

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