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Takpan mo bunganga mo! Duterte urges calm over coronavirus crisis

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed for calm and unity amid an ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) that has infected tens of thousands of people worldwide and killed more than 1,000.

In his video message aired by the Radio Television Malacañang on Thursday, Durerte called on Filipinos to stay vigilant, adhere to strict personal hygiene practices, and follow official guidance from the World Health Organization and the local health authorities.

“I call on our people to remain calm, vigilant, responsible and I also ask your trust and cooperation, support as we face the challenge. Tayo ay magkaisa together as one nation, this challenge can be overcome,” the President said.

“Maging malinis. Hugasan yung kamay frequently, yung paulit ulit. Kung every handshake mo, kung humatsing ka, takpan mo bunganga mo at tingnan mo hindi ka makahawa sa ibang tao. Kung ikaw naman ay may ubo, mag mask ka na lang,” he also said.

Duterte assured the public that the government is working to protect the Filipino people and respond to the Covid-19.

“The government, together with the World Health Organization, medical societies and partners in private sectors is addressing the challenge and preparing for any eventuality,” according to him.

He likewise warned against disinformation and advised everyone to rely on credible sources of information such as the global health body.

“Maging maingat at yung mga impormasyon na importante na manggaling sa WHO, ay ating pakinggan. At huwag makinig diyan sa mga haka-haka. Sa gobyerno kayo nakatutok. Nandiyan ang totoo sa gobyerno, wala diyan sa mga taong haka-haka na wala namang ginawa kung hindi manakot para kapwa niya tao,” said Duterte.

There are only three confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections in the Philippines and none of those infected is a Filipino national.

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