The latest health bulletin from Secretary Francisco Duque III confirming that a Chinese female patient under hospital care due to new coronavirus is recuperating in an undisclosed Manila hospital and about to be discharged tomorrow.

“While we have concerns on the entry of tourists and guests, the city and province have no control of the airports and seaports. The national government is doing its best to contain the virus and we in the local level are in close coordination with the national agencies to keep our citizens safe from this rare virus,” Mayor Remollo stressed.

Mayor Remollo urges all dumagueteños not to panic and instead be vigilant and exercise precautionary measures by keeping a clean environment.

We are told by experts that coronavirus is transmitted by contact with an infected person not through the air one breathes.

City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla reiterates the tips to avoid risk of coronavirus infection: observe proper hand washing, cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow, thoroughly cook meat and eggs, avoid crowded areas, get plenty of rest, drink fluids, eat a balanced diet and avoid smoking.

Mayor Remollo has earlier activated the Barangay Health Emergency Reaction Teams (BERT) to monitor and report residents, who are suspected to be possible carriers of the novel coronavirus.

According to City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sara B. Talla, local and health officials are on heightened alert and conducted surveillance on “emergency or out-patient department cases with focus on those with recent history of travel to and from the City of Wuhan Hubei Province of China,” which has since been quarantined.

Dr. Talla said that BERTS and other health workers will focus on monitoring those cases or persons with recent history of travel to and from the City of Wuhan, Hubei Province of China in the 14 days prior to symptom onset.