26 Koreans Quarantined in Cebu, Philippines

Amidst the COVID-19 or coronavirus disease 2019, 26 Koreans from Daegu City (South Korea) were placed under quarantine in Cebu (Philippines). The deadly virus has now spread all over the world. Some countries may only one case, but the possibility of number and case expansion is still there.

Koreans Quarantined & on the Run

A total of 26 Koreans who traveled from Daegu City. Cebu immediately conducted contact tracing of the Korean nationals when the Palace imposed on Wednesday. DOH Central Visayas Director Jaime Bernadas said the 26 Koreans arrived in the Philippines from Daegu City on Tuesday night, just hours ahead of the announcement of a travel ban in North Gyeongsang province. He also assured the public that their presence is not a cause for alarm since authorities were able to stop them from going to Bohol, Dumaguete, and other parts of Cebu.

The Department of Health (DOH) was able to identify their hotels and of course identification. Out of the 26 Koreans, 19 are between the ages of 23 and 62 while seven children are aged 6 to 12 years old. The foreigners spread out across 16 different hotels, with 14 of them in Cebu City and 12 of them in Lapu-Lapu City.

The initial decision was to trace where these 26 are billeted in the city and then instruct the hotels and the individual persons to really be on strict confinement in their respective hotels,” said DOH Central Visayas Director Jaime Bernadas.

Of the 26 Koreans, only 19 of them were tracked and placed under quarantine. The rest of them (7 individuals) are still being tracked. Cebu province’s novel coronavirus task force said in a press conference on Friday, February 28, that they were working with the Korean Consulate and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to locate the tourists to be placed under quarantine.

Very limited ‘yung window na umalis sila (their window after leaving is very limited) … They must not have really traveled far from the hotel when the information (travel ban) came,” he continued.

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