DOH strongly urges public to avoid events, large crowds


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The Department of Health (DOH) has strongly urged the public to avoid events with large crowds in order to avoid being infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

“To further minimize the risk of contracting 2019-nCoV, the public is advised to avoid crowded places and continue to practice self-practice measures,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.

The DOH likewise recommended the cancellation of public events “until further notice.”

However, they emphasized it is ultimately up to the organizers to decide.

The deadly 2019-nCoV has killed more than 700 people and infected more than 34,000 others in China, since its outbreak in Wuhan, China in January.

At least three cases of the virus in the Philippines have been confirmed by the DOH.

Several countries, including the Philippines, have enforced restrictions on travel to and from China to contain the disease.

Meanwhile, the DOH has denied that the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC) has a patient admitted for medical treatment stricken with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

“There is no reported person under investigation (PUI) for novel coronavirus at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC) in Quezon City, according to an official from the Department of Health,” said a post in Facebook by the Manila City government public information office.

“According to our regional surveillance officer, there is no reported PUI in UERM,” DOH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Paz Corrales told the Office of the Mayor.

This was announced after a report circulated on social media that a senior high school student at the University of the East Manila campus was admitted and quarantined at UERMMMC for being a PUI.

The UE Manila management suspended its classes from pre-school to senior high school levels on Friday, February 7, saying that they conducted disinfection and general cleaning activities./Stacy Ang

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