Duterte: No need for travel ban on other countries with confirmed nCoV cases

Aileen Cerrudo

President Rodrigo Duterte said there is no need to widen travel ban on other countries with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The President already imposed a travel ban on China, Macau, and Hong Kong after the Philippines announced a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV.

Duterte said the government will go by the regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We cannot act on our own, this is something that requires the discipline by everybody and to follow the governing entity which is the WHO,” he said.

The Chief Executive also assured that the Philippines is prepared to help China to control the 2019-nCoV.

“We can assure the Chinese government that we too will help. And this kind of mentioning the Chinese and blaming them, it’s like a xenophobia,” Duterte said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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