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DOH is now eager to ban the entry of Chinese from Hubei after 1 confirmed case of Wuhan coronavirus, President Duterte not keen to ban


In the Philippines on Thursday, January 30, 2020, confirmed its first case of the 2019 novel corona virus (2019-nCoV).

A test confirmed that a 38 years old Chinese patient who is under invistigation was infected with the virus after a laboratory test in Australia according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque 111 in a press conference.

The woman is from Wuhan China arrived in Manila via Hong Kong on Jan.21 and is now in an undisclosed hospital.

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration has now suspended the issuance of visas upon arrival on Chinese national to protect the country from the virus.

The 2019-nCoV has killed at least 170 and infected nearly 8,000 spreading from its epicenter in Wuhan,China to several countries in Asia ,Europe,North America and the Middle East.

"I will strongly recommend to the inter-agency emerging infectious disease task force a temporary restriction of travelers from the entire Hubei province of China," Duque said.

Yesterday the health officials of the Philippines had confirmed that the 29-year-old man from Yunnan, China had died due to pneumonia. He was under observation for a possible coronavirus in San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

San Lazaro Hospital Director Dr. Edmundo Lopez said in a press briefing that it's not confirmed if a man has a coronavirus, but still under investigation. He added that the patient tested positive for HIV.

He also said that the patient was admitted last Monday and seen with various symptoms. He was thin, had cervical lesions, lung findings.

The Philippines has now 29 suspected cases and 1 confirmed with Wuhan coronavirus to date.

Yesterday, President Duterte reiterated that he would not yet recommend to ban the entry of Chinese to the country.
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