VP Leni urges Filipinos to stay calm as new coronavirus cases rise

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 03 2020 12:10 PM

People line up to purchase face masks in Bambang, Manila on January 30, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday appealed to the public to remain calm and alert after the country reported the first death related to the new coronavirus (2019 nCoV) outside China.

“Patuloy nating pinaaalalahanan ang ating mga kababayan na maging kalmado, alerto, at sundin ang mga payo ng mga eksperto kung paano makakaiwas sa 2019-nCoV,” Robredo said in a Facebook post.

Robredo said her office has conducted an orientation for its employees, which includes ways on how to protect themselves against the virus and how to prevent its spread.

“Mabuti nang handa—kaya naman nagpatupad na ang aming opisina ng mga hakbang para maalalayan ang ating mga empleyado sa gitna ng banta ng 2019-nCoV sa ating bansa,” she said.

Robredo on Friday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to ban all travelers coming from China after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of the new strain of virus as a global emergency.

Duterte has since prohibited travel to and from China and its territories.