President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday evening allayed fears of the public amid the threat of 2019 novel coronavirus, saying “everything is well in the country” despite recording one death due to the deadly virus.
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“Everything is well in the country. There is nothing really to be extra scared of nCoV although it has affected a lot of countries. One or two confirmed cases in any country is not really fearsome,” Duterte said in a press conference shortly after his meeting with key government officials.
The President lamented that the public responded “hysterically” to the outbreak, adding the government is doing everything it can to prevent the virus from spreading.
“The response of the people was almost hysterical when there was no need for it actually. And if there is a virus, why do you go hysterical? Just go to the hospital and be treated. Or have yourself quarantined,” he said.
Duterte also called on the public to avoid discriminatory behavior against Chinese citizens who were blamed for the spread of the virus, which reportedly originated from Wuhan City in Hubei province.
The Philippines, along with other countries, has implemented a travel ban to prevent the entry of people from China.
“China has been kind to us. Let us show the same favor to them. Stop this xenophobia. Some are blaming the Chinese coming from China, but it can always incubate in some other places,” he said.
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