Gov't belies viral post on alleged Chinese national's escape from quarantine

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 09 2020 01:37 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2020 10:33 PM

Passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 pass in front of a thermal imaging machine used to look for possible signs of illness on January 23, 2020, as the country raises the alert to prevent the spread of an undetermined strain of the coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Immigration and health officials on Saturday belied a viral social media post about a Chinese national who allegedly escaped from a quarantine area at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The Bureau of Immigration has not received any such report, according to its spokesperson Dana Sandoval.

"Sa unang tingin maraming senyales na isa itong fake news," she added.

(At first glance there are many signs that this is fake news.)

The Department of Health also said the post was "fake."

Government urged the public not to spread misinformation and monitor only official statements from the DOH and the immigration bureau.

The justice department earlier said it would investigate and file charges against those who spread false reports about the 2019 novel coronavirus.

--Report from Jeff Hernaez, ABS-CBN News