'What do you mean relaxed?' Panelo counters criticism of gov't response to nCoV threat

'What do you mean relaxed?' Panelo counters criticism of gov't response to nCoV threat




Getting a lot of flak for the perceived ineptness of the Duterte administration add the fact the opposition saw to it to make a concerted effort in criticizing government, Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo had to refute all these accusations.

Panelo said that the government is not lax in its response to the threat of the 2019- Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (2019-nCoV ARD).

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has already declared a travel ban on Chinese nationals coming from affected areas in China a day after Secretary Francisco Duque III of the Department of Health confirmed the first case of the deadly virus in the country.

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"Ano bang relaxed, eh, operational na ang lahat ngprotocols," Panelo said


Government agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment issued guidelines to curb the spread of the nCoV in the workplace.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on Thursday ordered drivers and conductors of public utility vehicles to wear face masks. Operators of PUV terminals have also been told to provide passengers with hand sanitizer dispensers.



Last Thursday, the DOH confirmed the country’s first confirmed case of the 2019- novel coronavirus ARD.

The 38 year old woman from Wuhan city, the epicenter of the outbreak got to the Philippines via HongKong last January 21. She traveled to Cebu and Dumaguete before arriving in Metro Manila, where she was confined last January 25.
The DOH said the first confirmed 2019-nCoV ARD patient in the country is being isolated at San Lazaro Hospital, a special national hospital medical center or infectious diseases, in Sta. Cruz, Manila.






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