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Pinoys coming from China, HK, Macau must self-quarantine upon arrival —MIAA

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Sunday said that Filipinos arriving from China, Hong Kong, and Macau will be required to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said he was informed by the Bureau of Quarantine that arriving Filipinos will not be taken to a facility for the required quarantine but will instead be monitored by authorities from their own homes.

“There will be doctors of epidemiology, experts who will track down and check them on a twice-a-day call, checking their status. So basically, it is a home quarantine,” he explained in a press conference.

Earlier on Sunday, the Palace issued several directives regarding the containment of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) outbreak.

Among the directives was the temporary entry ban on “any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine Government, directly coming from China and its Special Administrative Regions.” 

The Palace also ordered a temporary entry ban on travelers, except Filipinos, who went to China or its Special Administrative Regions within 14 days prior to their arrival to the Philippines.

The Philippines recorded its second confirmed case of 2019-nCoV ARD and the first death due to the virus outside of China on Sunday.  — Julia Mari Ornedo/BM, GMA News

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