The ANC Brief: First nCoV death outside of China

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Posted at Feb 03 2020 04:35 AM

The number of fatalities due to the nCoV virus is still rising. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Bad kind of “first” for PH
The Philippines now has the ignominious distinction as recording the first fatality of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) outside of China. The death of the 44-year-old man who traveled from Wuhan to Hong Kong to the Philippines is also the second nCoV case in the Philippines. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government has a handle on the situation. But Vice President Leni Robredo said she wants a more aggressive response to the virus spread. She added that President Duterte should come out and assure the public.

Too late?
Was it a case of too little too late? In light of the spread of the nCoV globally, the government said it is extending the travel ban to include mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Initially, the travel ban only covered the Hubei province in China. Airlines have suspended all flights from these areas. The travel bans were announced by Sen. Bong Go.

More outbreaks
As if China didn’t have enough problems already, there’s an outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu in Hunan province. The African swine flu is also spreading in Mindanao.

Controversial commander
Philippine Navy Flag Officer In Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad will retire today with no less than President Duterte in attendance. He took over two years ago just as the controversy over the P16-billion frigate acquisition project was in the news. There are still many unanswered questions on the frigate controversy, which also dragged former presidential aide and now Sen. Bong Go. With the retirement of Empedrad, these questions are likely to stay unanswered.

Miracle man
Artist and former TV host Robert Alejandro was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, but he sees it as the best thing that ever happened to him. As he shares with ANCX, he’s living the best years of his life.