Special flight eyed to bring home Pinoys from virus-hit Macau

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Posted at Feb 12 2020 12:59 PM

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The Philippine Consulate in Macau said Wednesday it was coordinating with authorities in Manila to bring home Filipinos stranded by a travel ban due to a novel coronavirus outbreak. 

Manila banned all inbound travel from China, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan due to the virus that had killed at least 1,100

Filipinos from these areas can travel to Phnom Penh or Thailand, and book a flight to the Philippines from there, said Philippine Consul General to Macau Lilybeth Deapera. 

People wear masks as they walk near Ruins of St. Paul’s, following the coronavirus outbreak in Macau, China Feb. 5, 2020. Tyrone Siu, Reuters

However, some Filipinos said this is more expensive and time consuming compared to a direct flight, which they requested the consulate to mount, she said. 

"Iyon po ay inaayos pa namin kung papayagan kami (we are already fixing that, if we will be allowed to do that)," Deapera told DZMM. 

Philippine Airlines earlier said it would study additional special flights after it fetched Filipinos stranded in Wuhan City in central China, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, last weekend. 

DZMM, Feb. 12, 2020