The Palace on Sunday expressed its “great appreciation” to China for donating 200,000 surgical face masks and offering to share medical information amid the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) outbreak.
In a statement, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo reiterated the Philippines’ commitment to supporting other countries in addressing the global outbreak.
“We express our thanks to countries, including China, for helping us in our own fight against the spread of the virus in our territory,” he said.
Panelo also called on the public to stop sowing “hate, stigma, and false narratives” about the disease and its origin so as not to exacerbate the fear and panic due to the outbreak.
The 2019-nCoV ARD broke out in Wuhan City, China last December 2019.
The virus has so far claimed over 300 lives in China and infected over 14,000 others worldwide.
On Sunday, the Philippines recorded its second confirmed case of 2019-nCoV ARD and the first death due to the virus outside China. — Julia Mari Ornedo/BM, GMA News