Cebu recommends suspension of public celebrations amid new coronavirus scare

Annie Fe Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2020 06:50 PM

Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia on Wednesday recommended the suspension of all public celebrations in towns and cities across the province due to the threat of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).

"Those events that gather a big number of people has to be looked into," Garcia said.

Garcia's recommendation also covers provincial sports meets. 

"Now is not the time for such meets as we are facing a crisis," she added.

The governor also issued an executive order on the proper quarantine protocol for returning overseas Filipino workers with permanent resident visas.

For residents living in Cebu, they will be required to undergo a 14-day mandatory house quarantine. 

The house must have a separate bedroom, and face masks and gloves should be made available. It will also be fully monitored by the mayor and the police. 

Members of the household over 60 years old, below 10, and pregnant women would not be allowed inside the house.

Meanwhile, those who do not have a home in Cebu shall be referred to the four identified quarantine facilities of the Department of Health-7.

The Philippines has implemented a temporary ban on foreign travelers from China and its territories in a bid to contain the fast-spreading virus. 

As of Wednesday, the country has recorded three confirmed cases- all Chinese travelers from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak- and 133 patients under watch for the acute respiratory disease. 

Nearly 500 deaths, meanwhile, have been recorded in China, while some 24,000 have been infected in Chinese cities and other Asia-Pacific countries, North America, and Europe. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a global health emergency.