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Malacañan orders travel bans, other measures versus nCov

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BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the national task force on the nCorona virus’s recommendations including travel and entry bans and quarantines to “contain and neutralise the spread of the virus.”

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, right, talks to businessmen during the Spring Festival gala night in Bacolod City 1 February 2020. | Photo by Ronald Ian D. Evidente
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, right, talks to businessmen during the Spring Festival gala night in Bacolod City 1 February 2020. | Photo by Ronald Ian D. Evidente

Presidential Spokesman and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, in a statement, said the travel bans include:

Temporary bans on

  • entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine Government, directly coming from China and its Special Administrative Regions;
  • entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine Government, who within fourteen (14) days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, has been to China and its Special Administrative Regions;
  • travel by Filipinos to China and its Special Administrative Regions; and
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The President also approved a mandatory 14-day quarantine for Filipinos and Permanent Resident Visa holders coming from any place in China and its Special Administrative Regions.

Duterte also approved the establishment of a repatriation and quarantine facility.

He is expected to preside today over the meeting of the Task Force that will be attended by other concerned agencies.

The order also directed all government units to “coordinate and implement the… guidelines, and such other guidelines which the Task Force may subsequently issue on the matter, consistent with the respective agency mandates and relevant laws, rules and regulations, until the threat is over.”

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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