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Philippines investigates suspected case of Chinese virus

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Philippines investigates suspected case of Chinese virus

January 21, 2020, 12:56 AM PST

MANILA, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Philippine health authorities are investigating the case of a five-year old Chinese boy with a travel history to Wuhan, the central city where a new coronavirus was first discovered, after he showed flu-like symptoms before arriving in the country.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the boy tested positive for coronavirus, but it could not be ascertained what strain until the government gets back samples it sent to Australia.

He was confined to a hospital several hours after arriving in Cebu City in the central Philippines on Jan. 12 with his mother, after he manifested a fever, throat irritation and cough, Duque told a media briefing.

Authorities in China have confirmed the virus can be spread through human contact, reporting 15 medical staff had been infected and a fourth person had died.

The Philippines health ministry also said it was monitoring three other Chinese nationals who arrived from China with flu-like symptoms, but without any history of travel to Wuhan.


A deadly coronavirus known as the Wuhan virus, or 2019-nCoV, is gripping China. At least three people have died from the illness, which originated in a seafood market in Wuhan, a city in central China. The disease has since spread to at least two other Chinese cities and three other Asian countries.

Just ban entry of anyone traveling coming from Wuhan.

With the sorry state of Philippines financial status it will barely afford to tackle anymore major disaster!



  • BunnygervoBunnygervo PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    andami ng nakapasuk na Chinese from Wuhan huhuhu.
  • joerizjoeriz PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited January 27
    "Better fly to Philippines they accept bribes over there" in Chinese (Simplified)

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  • BunnygervoBunnygervo PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    nakakaloka announcement ng DOH di mo alam kung totoo o pera pera lng.
  • ArnoldZArnoldZ PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited January 28
    Deny entry to anymore flights from Chin
    All arrivals from China should be quarantined for at least two weeks, the incubation time for the virus and which at the same time the virus can infect others!
    Government agencies should stop catering to China. No other countries will accept flights from China. US airlines are now starting to cancel all flights to and from China.
  • hsusonhsuson PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Stay 2 meters away from any Mandarin speakers you encounter.

    Cover your nose and mouth.
  • joerizjoeriz PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
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    Wrong! So very very wrong!
    What kind of person would have a death wish like this for Pilipinos citizens?

  • ArnoldZArnoldZ PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Mayor of Wuhan, epicenter of coronavirus outbreak, says 5 million people left the city before travel restrictions were imposed

    Published: Jan 27, 2020 5:00 p.m. ET

    ‘From observations, the virus is capable of transmission even during incubation period,’ Ma Xiaowei, the director of China’s National Health Commission, said

    A medical worker attends to a patient in the intensive care unit at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, Central China.

    As a fifth case of the coronavirus was confirmed in the U.S., the mayor of Wuhan has warned that the world should expect infections to keep climbing.

    On Sunday, Zhou Xianwang, the Mayor of Wuhan, said that 5 million people had left the city before travel restrictions were imposed ahead of the Chinese New Year. He said he expected at least 1,000 of some 3,000 suspected cases to be diagnosed with the highly-contagious virus.

    Ma Xiaowei, the director of China’s National Health Commission, said that the virus had an incubation period of 10 to 14 days, during which the virus can be contagious but the patients does not display symptoms. That would mark a major difference between the coronavirus and SARS.

    “From observations, the virus is capable of transmission even during incubation period,” Ma told a news conference, according to a report in the South China Morning Post. “Some patients have normal temperatures and there are many milder cases. There are hidden carriers.”

    The pneumonia-causing illness that infects the respiratory tract is now responsible for 82 deaths in China as of Sunday, up from 56 the day before, and more than 2,839 infections, up from 1,975 Saturday, health officials in China said.

    This is what it sounds like across #Wuhan tonight. In the city (of 11 million) that is effectively quarantined as the epicenter of the #coronarvirus, a social media message urged people to chant ‘Jiāyóu!’ from balconies & streets. It means, ‘keep going’. Have a listen: @NBCNews
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    In an effort to ensure that people displaying symptoms come forward, Xiaowei said that the patients would not have to foot the bill of any medical costs.The virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, likely at a food market; the youngest person to die of the illness was a nine-month-old baby girl.

    There have also been three confirmed cases in the U.S., health officials in the U.S. said. The latest case, confirmed Saturday, was in Orange County; the person had recently visited Wuhan, and was in good condition. The gender and age of the person were not disclosed.

    The first confirmed case in the U.S. was in the Seattle area; a man in his 30s who had also returned from a recent trip to Wuhan, was in good condition in a hospital in Everett, Wash. The second U.S. patient is a female Chicago resident in her 60s, who returned from a visit to Wuhan on Jan. 13.

    The trade association of Chinese travel agencies also said that it would suspend overseas tour groups and flight/hotel vacation packages for Chinese citizens, effective Monday. The outbreak spread rapidly over the last seven days.

    The new virus has also infected people in Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Macao and Nepal. The U.S. State Department ordered the evacuation of all U.S. personnel at the Consulate in Wuhan.

    The spread of the virus was likely helped by travel related to China’s Lunar New Year holiday, which began Friday. This week, officials in Wuhan, a city with 11 million residents, closed the area’s outgoing airport and railway stations, and suspended all public transport.

    Chinese officials have since expanded that travel ban to 16 surrounding cities with a combined population of more than 50 million people, including Huanggang, a neighboring city to Wuhan with 7.5 million people, effectively putting those cities on lockdown.

    Hong Kong’s city leader Carrie Lam declared a state of emergency and said all primary and secondary schools would close until Feb. 17, two more weeks in addition to next week’s Lunar New Year holiday, the Associated Press reported.

    The city’s marathon scheduled for Feb. 9, which typically attracts 70,000 participants, was also cancelled. Most of the cornavirus fatalities were older patients, although a 36-year-old man in Hubei died earlier this week, it added. Several major theme parks have also been shuttered


    "......5 million people have left the city before travel restrictions were imposed........"
    How many ended up in the Philippines?
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    Solon slams authorities for allowing flights from Wuhan to land in PHL

    A lawmaker on Monday criticized government agencies for allowing flights from Wuhan, China to land in the country despite the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Chinese city.

    In a statement, Agusan Del Norte Representative Lawrence Fortun urged authorities to impose the strictest protocols amid the threat of the virus, which had claimed the lives of at least 50 people in China and infected others in many countries.

    "Why were we still allowing flights from Wuhan to land in the Philippines in the first place? Why did we have to wait for their announcement of lockdown before deciding to prohibit entry of flights coming from a place already confirmed to be the epicenter of the outbreak of a fatal virus that has turned epidemic?" Fortun said.

    "And now, we have to send at least 500 travelers back? And that is not even a decision reached by our authorities, but the airlines?" he added.

    Last week, a plane carrying 135 passengers from Wuhan landed in Kalibo, Aklan just hours before a lockdown was imposed in the Chinese city. 

    All passengers of the said flight were set to return to Wuhan later in the day. 

    When circumstances warrant

    Fortun added that there was no need to wait for instructions from Chinese authorities on a lockdown before the Philippine government bans flights coming from China.

    "The Chinese government itself has restricted travels not only to and from Wuhan but other cities and provinces as well," he pointed out.

    "When circumstances already warrant, we need not wait for another announcement of lockdown before considering bans of flights from these places," he added.

    As many visitors from China and other East Asian countries were coming to the Philippines for tourism or work, Fortun said the Philippine government needed to strictly implement inviolable protocols that protect public health and safety.

    "The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the various airport agencies, and the DOH must not leave anything to chance. Leave no stone unturned, lest we regret," he said.

    "Only recently, African swine flu infected our country's meat supply when infected pork products managed to slip through NAIA. Let that experience be our lesson. We have to, at the onset, address every way this deadly novel coronavirus could get into our country."

    The Philippines suspended all direct flights coming from Wuhan after the plane carrying 135 passengers landed in the country.
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  • BunnygervoBunnygervo PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    my first case na sa philippines ng ncov.
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  • ArnoldZArnoldZ PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    _knorr_ said:

    Where in the Philippines?
    And shouldn't the passenger list be available to health authorities to follow up on the condition of the other passengers?
    Remember that incubation of the virus is two weeks and during the incubation period the infected person is asymptomatic or does not show any symptoms but is highly infectious! So, the confirmed one case can be a dozen fold or more by now.
    Start considering quarantine procedures for certain individuals or areas.
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    China virus
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