Passengers on Same Flights with Couple with nCoV Have Flu-like Symptoms

The PNP is racing to trace who have come in contact with nCoV.

Six passengers who took the same Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific flights as the Chinese couple infected with the novel corona virus are now showing flu-like symptoms, according the Philippine National Police (PNP). In all, there had been 331 passengers who came into contact with the Chinese couple.

Of the six who developed flu-like symptoms, four have already been quarantined in different hospitals, while two are on self-quarantine at home, according to a CNN report.

Senator Rolando “Bato” Dela Rosa recommended the PNP be involved in tracking down all the passengers from affected Philippine flights, saying the police have the capability to trace those people within 24 hours. The Department of Health earlier admitted it was able to track down only 58 individuals out of the 331 who took the same flights as the couple with nCoV infection.

Following were the flights taken by the passengers infected with nCoV.

  • DG 6519 (Cebu-Dumaguete), Jan. 21, 2020
  • PR 2542 (Dumaguete-Manila), Jan. 25, 2020

As of this writing, the PNP is currently reaching out to the remaining 193 passengers on the two flights.

If you took the flights mentioned above, you must do the following:

  • Seek immediate medical advice: Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
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