Friday, 10 April 2020

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez on Friday

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez on Friday warned the public towards panic-shopping for for protecting masks because the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) scare continues to unfold following the invention of the first case of the contamination inside the Philippines.

The mask have disappeared from shelves in many shops, snapped up by means of those who need safety from the virus this is transmitted via breathing droplets.

Speaking to reporters on the National Press Club on Friday, Lopez also warned suppliers now not to overprice their mask.“Let’s not panic, in terms of deliver. Because if we panic, shops could wind up walking out of components. These shops are reordering the resources. But they need to additionally not increase charges, since the fee of production does not growth,” he stated.

He stated surgical mask should be offered at handiest P8 each, even as N95 masks ought to now not be promote for greater than P100.

Lopez additionally allayed issues that some Chinese suppliers had been hoarding the masks.

“There is nothing to fear approximately in hoarding. Because there may be no purpose for them (providers) to hoard, due to the fact their expenses are simply the identical,” he stated.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a world health emergency because the 2019 novel Coronavirus acute respiratory disorder, which started in Wuhan, China, remaining week has affected all of China and spread to different nations like the Philippines, the United States, Canada and in Europe.

The state of affairs has prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to prohibit tourists from Hubei province and other places in China, Malacañang said on Friday.

In a declaration, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Health Secretary Francisco Duque third endorsed to Duterte denying entry to visitors from inflamed places in China.

“It will last till the hazard is over for the reason that that the safety of our countrymen is fundamental within the President’s thoughts,” Panelo said.

The Department of Health (DoH) stated the 38-12 months-antique Chinese woman infected with the virus got here from Wuhan, flew to Cebu from Hongkong through Cebu Pacific, then from Cebu to Dumaguete City before taking a Philippine Airlines flight to Manila.

The female is under isolation at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

On Friday, the DoH also announced it changed into including an American and a Chinese countrywide to its listing of Patients Under Investigation (PUI) for the Wuhan virus.

The DoH is tracking 31 PUIs. Twenty-5 of them are below scientific confinement, and 5 have been discharged however underneath strict monitoring.

Cebu Pacific on Friday stated it has started contacting passengers who traveled at the identical plane with the nCoV positive girl.

“We are within the system of contacting passengers seated within the vicinity of the nice NCoV affected person and are taking the vital precautions to tell them that will have themselves checked in case they show flu-like signs,” the airline stated in a announcement Friday.

“The cabin crew and pilots on affected flights have additionally been knowledgeable and display no signs of contamination,” it introduced.

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said the President scheduled a meeting subsequent week with medical experts and key authorities officials to talk about measures to prevent the spread of the radical coronavirus.

“As part of our precautionary efforts, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has in advance stopped the issuance of visas-on-arrival to Chinese nationals. The DFA also finally briefly stopped the issuance of visas to tourists from Hubei province, altogether,” Go stated.

The chairman of the Senate health committee, Go stated he would name a listening to on the matter on February 4.

“Let us now not panic, however on the equal time, allow us to take the danger seriously and cooperate with government on the way to make sure the protection of Filipinos,” he said.

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday directed its officers in the virus-affected areas to cooperate with the DoH in tracing individuals who have been in contact with and can had been uncovered to the confirmed patient for the duration of her go to.

DepEd said Secretary Leonor Briones has been in direct communique with Duque in addition to the fitness officials inside the affected regions and groups visited by means of the showed patient in view that Thursday night time.

DepEd said that tracking people who were in touch with the affected person is “for the advantage no longer most effective of our colleges and freshmen but of the communities as nicely.”

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has also mobilized, advising shipowners and operators to take essential measures to monitor nCoV.

The shipowners had been requested to document suspected nCoV cases, install vital medical gadget, and equip officers and crew onboard ships with complete facts about the virus.

At the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta called on all court personnel to examine the right hand and respiration hygiene, and secure meals practices.

“Court employees are likewise endorsed to put on masks interior court docket rooms, halls of justice, and judiciary homes, inside the interest of everybody’s fitness,” Peral said in an advisory on the radical coronavirus for court docket personnel.

Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd said the journey ban ordered by using the President need to be for all nationalities.

“Lahat ng nationalities (All the nationalities) coming from that location in China, inside the intervening time. If it gets worse, ban na all coming from international locations with nCoV,” Sotto stated.

He stated that even Filipinos who're in Wuhan have to be blanketed through the ban, pronouncing it’s more secure for them to live in lockdown there than come domestic and be discriminated upon by using government and even their loved ones.

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