Cebu to place travelers from China on 14-day quarantine amid new coronavirus spread

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2020 07:36 PM | Updated as of Jan 30 2020 07:58 PM

MANILA - Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on Thursday said travelers from China would be placed on a 14-day quarantine in the province to contain the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

This as the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the country's first case of the virus- a 38-year-old woman from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, who arrived in Manila via Hong Kong on Jan. 21.

Garcia said the Cebu provincial government would seek help from the private sector to set up the quarantine centers.

Earlier, the national government suspended the issuance of visas on arrival for Chinese travelers and halted flights to and from Wuhan for the meantime in a bid to protect the country from the virus. 

Several lawmakers have also called on government to impose a ban on travel to and from China. 

The 2019-nCoV has killed at least 170 and infected nearly 8,000 others. 

Its symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties, according to the World Health Organization.

- With a report from Jude Torres, ABS-CBN News