PH prepares prevention, mitigation of Covid-19 as gov't declares 'state of public health emergency'

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III disclosed the measures undertaken by the government to adress the reported localized transmissions of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

Code Red sub level 1 was raised on Sunday followed by the President's announcement of COVID-19 outbreak as a “state of public emergency” on Monday—decisions which Duque shared the objectives for on a recent press conference.

The objectives include: to facilitate access on funding on Local Government Units for preparation, ease of procurement of needed medical supplies, mandatory reporting of all health facilities for intensified surveillance, mandatory quarantine, implementation of travel restrictions, and price freeze on crucial materials.

This set of protocols are under the “4-door-response strategy” formulated by the Department of Health (DOH) that will be enacted by the government against the spread of COVID-19.

Meantime, other departments such as Departments of Tourism and Foreign Affairs reported updates on their mitigation protocols following the crisis caused by the virus.

Department of Foreign Affairs disclosed additional 2 cases of people infected with the deadly virus in HongKong as numbers of Filipinos stricken with the virus continues to grow overseas.

Department of Tourism announced domestic travel promotion substitute for cancelled international flights due to the spread of the deadly disease.

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar cautioned the public against unreliable news sources that propagate false information about the virus outbreak.