FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has directed the Philippine consulate in Shanghai, China to immediately start processing Filipinos in Hubei province who wish to be repatriated.
In a Twitter post Tuesday night, January 28, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said two private charter airlines were on standby to fly to Hubei to bring the Filipinos home once they are cleared by Chinese authorities.
Between 30 and 50 Filipinos in Hubei have expressed their desire to be repatriated as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continued to spread. As of Tuesday, this highly contagious coronavirus strain has killed 106 people and infected thousands of others.
Wuhan City, the epicenter of the 2019-nCoV outbreak, is in Hubei in central China.
Returning Filipinos from China will be placed under quarantine for 14 days, the estimated incubation period of the pneumonia-causing disease.
Locsin, in a separate tweet, asked Dulay whether the quarantine facilities were ready. Dulay said the quarantine plan is based on the Department of Health (DOH) protocol.
And the quarantine? Ready already righty? https://t.co/wnasIS770A— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 28, 2020
(1) On the nCoV outbreak in Wuhan City, Hubei Province: The Chinese central govt assured Filipinos and other foreign nationals that it has mobilized efforts nationwide to fight the #2019nCoV in order to protect their life, safety and health. China’s National Health Commission— Dodo Dulay (@dododulay) January 28, 2020
(2) will hold live daily briefings to provide timely information to the international community. The Hubei provincial government is ready to provide supplies and assistance to Filipinos and other foreign nationals in Hubei through two 24-hour emergency hotlines. DFA is now— Dodo Dulay (@dododulay) January 28, 2020
(3) disseminating these hotline numbers to Filipinos in Hubei. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also offered immigration assistance to Filipinos and other foreign nationals with expired/expiring visas through their respective embassies and consulates. @teddyboylocsin— Dodo Dulay (@dododulay) January 28, 2020