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Philippines to declare health emergency after first community transmission of coronavirus

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edited March 8 in Local and Foreign Issues

Philippines to declare health emergency after first community transmission of coronavirus

By Neil Jerome Morales
ReutersMarch 7, 2020, 12:06 AM PST

By Neil Jerome Morales

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will declare a public health emergency to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, after the country recorded its first case of community transmission, officials said on Saturday.

The nation's health ministry has reported three new cases of the infection since Friday, adding to the three Chinese tourists who were diagnosed with the virus in January and the first week of February.

Duterte has agreed to declare a health emergency following the latest development, Bong Go, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and a close aide of the president, told reporters.

All government agencies were asked to "undertake critical, urgent and appropriate response and measures in a timely manner to curtail and eliminate the COVID-19 threat," Go said.

The Philippines' first case of community transmission involves a 62-year-old male Filipino who had not traveled abroad recently. His 59-year-old wife has also been infected, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to six, the health ministry said, adding that both are being treated at a government hospital.

The health ministry declared a code red alert which calls on medical professionals to be prepared to report for duty and recommended the declaration of a public health emergency, which would help with the procurement of critical supplies as well as with quarantine measures.

"This is a preemptive call to ensure that national and local governments and public and private healthcare providers can prepare for possible increase in suspected and confirmed cases," Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference.

The coronavirus has spread to more than 90 countries, infecting more than 100,000 people and killing over 3,400 people worldwide.


And what would be the nature of the health emergency that will be deçlared?

1) No price gouging. Prices of basic commodities will not be priced higher than 15% more of standard price to be deçlared by concerned agencies.?

2) Quarantining families of persons infected with COVID-19?

3) Closure of sport venues. theatres and casinos?

4) Working at home for employees of companies with telecommuting capabilities?

5) Use of temperature scanners in schools, universities and churches?

6) Enforce disinfecting of passenger vehicles? Prisons? Military barracks?

7) Banning all flights to and from countries with active COVID-19 cases?

8) Banning any public assemblies, marches, protests?

9) Creating separate hospital accomodations for COVID-19 patients?

10) Enforce COVID-19 testing of all medical personnel?



  • joerizjoeriz Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    All government agencies were asked to "undertake critical, urgent and appropriate response and measures in a timely manner to curtail and eliminate the COVID-19 threat," Go said.

    ^^That's the directive for an emergency alert? Can anyone be vaguer than that?

    Why not just call Xi? Can't call the U.S. for assistance now.

  • ArnoldZArnoldZ Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    To do that release 2 billion pesos! 1 billion first to Dept. Of Health to purchase COVID-19 test kits,   quarantine facilities and pay for medical staff and personnel and masks and medical gowns and gears and the other billion to find the military enforcers.
  • joerizjoeriz Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    To do that release 2 billion pesos!

    Coronavirus will not kill the Filipinos! Graft and corruption will.

    2 billion pesos? Ka-ching!

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    Sabog si Tay Digs

    Image may contain possible text that says Duterte asked about the lack of testing kits distributed different health centers but at this time kung kulang brought to a testing station to RITM Kokonti lang kasi Eh the kit is the kit namang lumalabas pa sabi ko nga in epoch maybe meron Bubonic Plague tao non tamang-tama lang Tapos Spanish Flu right before the kawawa tao pero mas kawawa sa Middle East the so-called Roman Empire You read the inquisition kung may mark ka you are a witch and you are burned at stake
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  • hellraiser2.hellraiser2. Registered User PEx Veteran ⭐⭐

    Two of 24 COVID-19 cases in critical condition —Duque

    Two of the 24 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines are now in critical condition, as the Department of Health (DOH) said both individuals have preexisting medical conditions.

    In a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the two individuals are currently incubated and are in critical condition — one Filipino and one American.

    The Filipino is a 62-year-old who was earlier diagnosed with severe pneumonia and had other medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

    Likewise, the American was also said to have "many" preexisting conditions prior to being diagnosed with COVID-19.

    "All of these mirror the same serious, if not critical cases that have been observed in Wuhan and the Hubei Province [in China], the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus," said Duque.

    "It looks like more and more data that come in show that most of the cases are actually mild cases, 80 to 85%," he added.

    The Philippines has 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far, after four new cases were reported Monday evening.

    President Rodrigo Duterte has since signed a proclamation declaring a public health emergency due to the rising number of cases. He has also ordered the suspension of classes in the National Capital Region.
  • Of course it's emergency. Didn't you see that people all around the would are dying? The Government should take actions immediately before the virus spreads all of the country. It's gonna be everywhere before you know it if we don't pay serious attention. Look what other countries are coping with it and LEARN!!!Stop fighting and claiming that COVID-19 won't kill the Filipinos. If the virus don't kill you, your stupidity and ignorance surely will!
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    Duque admits: I should've declared public health emergency myself, done it sooner

    Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday admitted that the declaration of a state of public health emergency should have come much earlier and that he should have declared it himself.

    Duque made the response when he was questioned by Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate of the Bayan Muna party-list during a hearing on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at the House of Representatives.

    Zarate pointed out that under Section 7 of the "Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Law," the Health secretary is given the authority to "declare epidemics of national and/or international concerns except when the same threatens national security."

    “Being a member country of the WHO, ipinaubaya po namin sa kanila iyong pag-declare ng public health emergency of international concern. That is the de facto declaration on my part,” Duque said, referring to the World Health Organization.

    The WHO declared COVID-19 as a matter of international public health emergency on January 30, 2020—the same day that the Philippines recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 case.

    Then on March 9, President Rodrigo Duterte — not Duque albeit upon the Health secretary's request — finally declared a state of public health emergency due to COVID-19.  At this point, there were already 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

    As of March 11, there are at least 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

    Given the subsequent events, Zarate underscored that Duque’s declaration of public health emergency on his own would have made a difference in countering the spread of COVID-19.

    “Sa first level, nasa poder po ng Kalihim ang pagdedeclare nito, even before the President declares a state of public health emergency para tayo are forewarned na. Nagkampante tayo eh, just because there were just initially one to three cases, and they were foreigners,” Zarate said.

    “Now, we have to delay peak transmission with social distancing  and enhanced hygiene, among others. Would you say na dapat ba nag-deklara kayo agad [ng state of public health emergency]?” Zarate added.

    At this point, Duque gave in and replied, “Yes, I will concede to that.”

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    As PH’s COVID-19 cases soar, Duterte offers sympathy to China in meet with envoy

    MANILA, Philippines — As the country grapples with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), President Rodrigo Duterte has met with Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian and extended sympathies to the Chinese people affected by the contagion.

    The Chinese ambassador paid a courtesy call on Duterte on Wednesday in Malacañang where they discussed the two countries’ economic cooperation, including the challenges posed by the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory disease that first emerged in China’s city of Wuhan in Hubei province in late 2019.

    In a press release on Thursday, Malacañang said the President “extended the Philippines’ solidarity with China and the international community in addressing the global public health emergency.” 

    “The Philippine government donated 52 boxes of emergency medical and food supplies to Wuhan,” the press release noted.

    As a response, Huang supposedly expressed solidarity with the Philippine government in its efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

    “The Chinese ambassador also conveyed China’s readiness to extend assistance” to the Philippines, Malacañang said.

    Duterte also extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives after a quarantine facility in Quanzhou, Fujian, collapsed last week.

    He further conveyed his wishes for the swift recovery of those who were injured.

    On Wednesday, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 spiked to 49 after health officials reported 16 new infections.

    COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that first emerged in China’s city of Wuhan in Hubei province in late 2019. 

    The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses named the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. 

    The virus causes mild symptoms such as fever and cough for most people but can cause serious illness such as pneumonia for others.

    Experts earlier said that older adults with preexisting health conditions were more vulnerable to the coronavirus, particularly those aged over 60-years-old.

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    dapat kasi di nagpa-pressure gov't sa ibang bansa na na-offend pag may travel ban...ang tagal ng status quo na 3 cases lang tapos pagdating march biglang 2-3 days lang lobo na. sa labas nanggaling yan..... may galing japan, taiwan ,australia etc. tapos di chronological ang pag test at confirmation kasi depende kung kailan lalabas ang sintomas okung kailan nila gustong mag pa checkup. eh ang contact tracing nyan sa inner circle lang ng mga yan...eh paano kung gumala yan sa ibang lugar may nahawahan di nila alam at di din alam ng biktima patay na kalat na yan. DAPAT TRAVEL BAN, IN AND OUT noon pa para di nakapasok ang sources ng virus.
  • ArnoldZArnoldZ Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Duque admits: I should've declared public health emergency myself, done it sooner

    You were the one who wouldn't ban the Chinese ftrom entering the Philippines! You succumb to politicsl pressure! You just want to make yourself smell good for your boss!
    And now you wish you have deçlared a public health emergrncy? Too late! We know what your real intentions are! We know your perdonsl agenda now! Self aggrandizement!
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    It's freaking too late.  The virus has spread and infected thousands.  

    This is what you get when you placed clowns in office.
  • hsusonhsuson Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited March 13
    ^mga DUWAG kasi.

    Takot sa Chinese overlords nila.

    So many Pinoys have to die :(
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