The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public to stay calm and remain vigilant after the department confirmed the first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the country.
In a press briefing on Thursday (January 30) Secretary Francisco Duque III assured the public that the Health Department is on top of the situation.
“I urge the public to stay calm and remain vigilant at all times,” he said. “Let us continue to practice good personal hygiene and adopt healthy lifestyles.”
Duque also said he will strongly recommend to the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease a temporary restriction on travelers from the entire Hubei Province in China.
Five patients have already been discharged, while 23 are still under investigation.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, meanwhile, advised the public to remain calm, assuring that “the relevant health, research, and law enforcement agencies are working together to prevent the disease from spreading.”
“We have also intensified our containment measures and the necessary precautionary measures are being taken to address this health concern,” he said in a statement. —AAC
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