POGO employees from virus-hit Wuhan working in PH: DILG

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2020 04:36 AM | Updated as of Feb 07 2020 05:05 AM

Some Chinese employees in Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs) are still working after returning from Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China, an official of the Department of Interior and Local Government said on Wednesday. 

“Nung kapanahunang umiikot, nag-spread-out 'yong coronavirus, maraming nagbalikan galing Wuhan,” DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III told radio DZMM.
 
He said authorities are monitoring offshore gaming hubs that employ mostly Chinese expatriates for signs of the new coronavirus strain.

Densing also said POGO personnel are being treated in private clinics hired by their Chinese employers and the DILG has yet to confirm possible 2019-nCoV infections.

"Nagsu-surveillance po ngayon. So far wala pa tayong feedback sa ating kapulisan kung mayroon nga bang nagkakasakit sa loob," he said. 

The 2019-nCoV strain has killed more than 500 people and infected some 27,000 since it was first reported in Wuhan in late December 2019.