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Mas matindi ang nCoV sa SARS! Marcos: Is government ready for long haul threat?

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Senator Imee Marcos on Friday said the government must be ready to deal with “months-long” threat or outbreak of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV).

She made the remark as the World Health Organization (WHO) has just declared the nCoV outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.

Marcos said the “ferocity” of the nCoV became evident Thursday, as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control recorded more than 7,800 cases of infection in January alone.

It was also on Thursday that the Department of Health (DoH) confirmed the first nCoV case in the Philippines – a 38 year-old- woman from Wuhan City, China which is the center of the virus outbreak.

She noted that it took six months for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic, which lasted from November 2002 to July 2003, to reach 5,000 cases of infection, according to a Johns Hopkins University report.

“Napakabilis ng pagdami ng mga kaso ng impeksyon hindi lang sa China kundi sa buong mundo,” Marcos said.

“Ibig sabihin nito ay maaring tumagal pa ng ilang buwan ang problema,” the senator from Ilocos Norte said.

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