Press Release
January 24, 2020


Amid reports that the new Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) is now in the country, Senator Richard Gordon proposed having a separate lane in all ports for travelers who are coming from China for them to be properly checked for any symptoms of the deadly virus.

"Dapat 'yung ating airports, kapag napadaan ka o galing ka sa China, dapat may investigation," he said in the interview.

Gordon urged the government to put stricter quarantine areas or "firewalls" for individuals who will test positive for the virus. The Department of Health (DOH), he added, should have isolation wards where suspected carriers of Coronavirus can stay "without having to go inside the main wards."

"Every hospital, every health facility public, private or run by local governments have to put in place contingency plans for patients who are consulting for runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever," he said. Gordon also stated that the public "should not panic but take all the necessary precautions" and called on the government agencies to immediately put in place the preparedness plan to stem the spread of the virus.

"Let us not wait for this to go out of hand. Let us sound the alarm now and prepare for a worst-case scenario. Through timely preparedness, we will save lives and protect our people from an unthinkable and preventable illness that could cause serious disease and unexpected death. So, what are the plans? What are the protocols for hospitals? What measures are in place to prepare for an outbreak?" he said.

The Coronavirus is in the same family as the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Currently, the death toll has risen to 17 and 500 more cases were reported across China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Macao, Taiwan, and the United States, according to reports.

The Department of Health (DOH) said, there is no confirmed case yet of the virus in the Philippines.

News Latest News Feed