No Pinoy MERS Victim in South Korea so Far – Envoy

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines remains free from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and no Filipino has been infected in South Korea, according to Ambassador Raul Hernandez.

Hernandez’s statements come in the wake of reports that two South Koreans supposed to be under MERS quarantine were able to visit the Philippines over the weekend.

The couple, both doctors, had treated a MERS patient in South Korea.

Hernandez confirms the visit, but allays fears the disease could spread here in the country.

“The doctor and the spouse have visited the Philippines per media reports, but they were not subject to quarantine, that’s why they were allowed to work and travel. But they are required to report their conditions every 5 days, or the day when fever occurs. There’s nothing to worry about because this couple has not exhibited symptoms of the corona-virus,” Hernandez told ANC.

“So far the embassy has not received any report from the gov’t or the Filipino community of any Filipino exhibiting corona-virus symptoms.”

Hernandez also says the Philippines will not yet issue travel restrictions to South Korea, despite the MERS outbreak there. -ANC


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