Duterte not keen on banning flights to China for now

Aileen Cerrudo

President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines will not yet implement a travel ban to and from China for now amid the novel coronavirus scare.

“Mahirap iyang ano, sabihin mo you suspend everything because they are not also suspending theirs and they continue to respect the freedom, flights that we enjoy in their country,” he said on Wendesday (January 29) in an interview.

However, the chief executive said that in case the situation on the novel coronavirus outbreak worsens, the government is prepared to implement strong measures.

“There is the slightest possibility that a contamination could occur in the Philippines, then we’ll have to take measures,” he said. “We are preparing in all ports of entry. There is no known vaccine. This is a mysterious disease and we are just preparing maybe for the worst.”

Duterte also assured that the government is prepared to repatriate Filipinos in Wuhan, China, the ground zero of the novel coronavirus.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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