Gov’t is ‘on top of the situation’ – Go on nCoV outbreak

Inquirer.net 02/05/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — “Since day one, the whole Duterte administration has said that it has been on top of the situation and is doing everything it can to address the issue,” Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go…

DTI takes steps to address shortage of surgical masks

Irene R. Sino Cruz 02/03/2020

CEBU CITY—The lone producer of surgical masks in the Philippines has committed to increase their production to cope with the demand for their product. In a statement posted on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Facebook…

Coronavirus won’t turn you into a ‘zombie’, says Malaysia

Associated Press 02/02/2020

  KUALA LUMPUR — The deadly coronavirus will not cause victims to act like zombies, Malaysia’s government said on social media, as officials act to correct the spread of misinformation surrounding the outbreak. As medical authorities seek…

How to protect yourself from novel coronavirus infection

Rafael R. Castillo MD 02/02/2020

1. Make sure your immune system is healthy: Have adequate sleep at night (preferably 7-8 hours), eat nutritious foods with high antioxidants (fruits and vegetables), avoid undue stress, exercise regularly. 2. Wash your hands thoroughly and often,…

DTI-Cebu monitors establishments, online sellers overpricing masks; 2 called for investigation

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/02/2020

  CEBU CITY — The Department of Trade and Industry in Cebu (DTI-Cebu) has identified several establishments and online sellers in Cebu City allegedly overpricing surgical masks and N95 masks. In a post on their official Facebook…

The economic toll of an emerging pandemic

Malou Guanzon Apalisok 02/02/2020

As countries grapple with the spread of the deadly 2019 new coronavirus, there are fears the deadly infectious agent is developing into a pandemic, one that will impact severely on the global economy.    The Wuhan virus…

2 military sites in Luzon eyed as quarantine areas for Filipinos from Wuhan

Frances G. Mangosing 02/01/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — Two military sites in Luzon are being considered as quarantine areas for Filipinos who would be evacuated from Wuhan, the central China’s city at the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak. “The Department…

Chan favors temporarily ban of flights from China than 14-day quarantine at airport

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/01/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said he was more favorable on banning direct flights to Cebu from China than placing travelers in a 14-day quarantine. In a press conference on Friday, January…

PAL places Dumaguete-Manila flight crew on quarantine

Morexette Marie B. Erram 01/31/2020

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country’s flag carrier, has placed the crew of one of its Dumaguete – Manila flight under quarantine. This developed after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the…

DTI-7: More surgical masks coming

Morexette Marie B. Erram 01/31/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Trade and Industry in Central Visayas (DTI-7) has tapped the help of suppliers from Manila to augment and replenish the diminishing stocks of surgical masks in Cebu City. DTI- 7 director, Asteria…

Cebu Pacific to reduce flights to cities in China

Inquirer.net, Morexette Marie B. Erram 01/31/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The country’s largest budget airline, Cebu Pacific, will be reducing direct flights connecting the country to several cities in China. This developed after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Thursday evening, January…

Gwen explains quarantine of passengers over measure to ban flights from China

Rosalie Abatayo 01/30/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines —  Individuals coming from China are not kilos of meat that Cebu province will outrightly deny entry. But while persons from China are not prohibited to travel into Cebu, their entry may mean being…

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