MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) clarified on Monday (February 10) that the travel ban on Taiwan has been in effect since weekend due to the outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus-acute respiratory Disease (2019-nCoV ARD).
According to Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo, Taiwan was among countries which the World Health Organization (WHO) issued travel restriction to the Philippines.
“Nagkaroon ng confusion noong mga naunag araw but I think as you have all known over the weekend na full implementation,” the DOH spokesperson clarified.
“We are still accepting flights from China and we are letting people down if they are Filipinos and permanent residents,” the official added.
The Philippines already imposed a travel ban to China and its administrative territories Hong Kong and Macau on February 2.
There are currently 120,000 Filipino workers in Taiwan based on the report of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Should the situation worsen, the DOLE assures enough government measures to assist those who will be affected in the event that the Philippines decides to impose a travel ban on the Asian state.
“(Those who will be) affected by travel ban will be entitled to P10,000 financial assistance,” confirmed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported on Sunday (February 9) its first asymptomatic patient, pushing the total number of confirmed cases in the country up to 18.
The patient, a man in his 20s, is one of the sons of a couple who was diagnosed with 2019-nCoV when their family transited through Hong Kong on February 1 following their visit to Italy, Taiwan’s Health Officials said. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz / Aiko Miguel)