The Philippines banned on Friday the entry of travelers from the Chinese province of Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak of the new coronavirus, after the first case of infection was confirmed on the eve of the country.
“The president has agreed to implement a temporary travel ban for travelers from Wuhan and the entire province of Hubei,” Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, who chairs the Senate health commission, confirmed in a statement today.
Precisely, the Senate yesterday held an emergency meeting, after the first case of Wuhan’s coronavirus in the Philippines was confirmed – in a 38-year-old Chinese woman – in which they urged the government to take stronger measures to contain the spread of the pathogen.
The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, adopted the measure after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency the outbreak that originated in China, where there are already 9,692 confirmed cases and 213 deaths.
The senator said Duterte is studying the possibility of restricting trips from other places affected by the new coronavirus.
A step already taken by the Malaysian state of Sabah, in the northeastern part of the island of Borneo, whose regional government has forced the immediate suspension of all flights from China.
Until now, the only measure adopted in the Philippines was the suspension of the granting of visas to Chinese people, with the aim of reducing the flow of large groups of tourists, since China is the second largest market for tourism to the Philippines.
The coronavirus has also spread to other countries such as Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, India, Sri Lanka or Australia.
The Government of Vietnam announced the day before that it will also stop issuing visas to Chinese tourists after detecting three new cases of coronavirus in Vietnamese territory, which brings the total to 5 infected.
“The outbreak is spreading rapidly and is a concern,” said a statement from the Vietnam Ministry of Health.
The Indo-Chinese country, however, indicated that it will allow trade across the land border shared by both countries, although this has dropped since the outbreak of the outbreak.
The symptoms of the new coronavirus, provisionally called 2019-nCoV by the WHO, are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath).