Chinese tourists arrive in Davao City as new coronavirus cases climb globally

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2020 11:42 AM | Updated as of Jan 30 2020 01:52 PM

Passengers arriving at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Parañaque City wear face masks as a precaution on January 23, 2020, as the country raises the alert to prevent the spread of an undetermined strain of the coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) - A plane from Jinjiang, China arrived in Davao City on Wednesday noon as health officers continued strict screening of passengers for the 2019 new coronavirus (nCoV).

All 79 passengers, including some Chinese tourists, were cleared of fever, said Dr. Wilson Lim, head of the airport's Bureau of Quarantine.

“Wala namang me lagnat. Napansin ko rin na lahat naka mask na pati mga flight attendant," he said.

Many Dabawenyos have canceled their trips to China, according to travel agent Ireine Campos. Davao City has direct flights to Jinjiang in Fujian province and Hong Kong. 

The Philippines has yet to confirm a case of the new strain of virus but is monitoring one individual in Davao for possible infection, along with 22 others in Metro Manila (17), Central Visayas (2), Western Visayas (1), Mimaropa (1), and Eastern Visayas (1).

--With a report from Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News