Numerous flights from China are testing the limits of a mandatory 14-day quarantine in preventing the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) in the Philippines.
Senator Imee Marcos stressed this as she cited reports that airports in Manila, Cebu, Clark, Davao and Kalibo took in at least 15 direct flights from the cities of Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanning and Wuxi on Sunday.
Local airlines with recorded landings included Royal Air Philippines and Philippines Air Asia, while foreign airlines included Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon, China Southern Airlines, and Hong Kong Airlines.
“Kung tuloy-tuloy ang kalakarang ito, maaring mawalang-bisa ang quarantine para sugpuin ang paglaganap ng nCoV at nagsisimula pa lamang ang buong mundo na labanan ito,” Marcos said.
She nored that quarantine guidelines for local government units (LGUs) were rushed on February 6, days after the government banned the entry of non-resident foreigners and imposed a quarantine on Filipinos and Philippine permanent resident visa holders returning from or via China and its special administrative regions (SARs) such as Hong Kong and Macau.
Marcos urged LGUs to speed up the creation and staffing of barangay isolation units and to strictly monitor returning residents who choose voluntary home confinement, in accordance with guidelines from the Department of Health and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
“Kailangan tutukan kung aling mga LGU ang sumusunod at kung sino ang mga pasaway para hindi tayo mapako sa sisihan at hindi na lumaki ang problema natin sa nCoV,” Marcos said.