By ROY C. MABASA
The Philippine government will make available special flights to repatriate Filipinos from Wuhan City and the rest of Hubei Province following the spread of 2019-novel coronavirus.
In an advisory issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs Tuesday night, Filipinos in the area who wish to be repatriated are instructed to get in touch with the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai:
Suite 301 Metrobank Plaza
1160 West Yan’An Road, Changning District, Shanghai 200052
Tel. No.: (+86-21) 6281-8020
Fax No.: (+86-21) 6281-8023
Hotline No.: (+86) 1391 747-7112
According to the DFA, the repatriation process is subject to China’s rules on Disease Containment, including immigration clearance and quarantine process, among others.
Upon arrival in the Philippines, repatriates will be subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine per guidelines of the Department of Health.
On the other hand, Filipinos who wish to stay in China should follow advisories from local health authorities and cooperate with efforts to quell the further spread of the virus.
In accordance with the call of the Chinese government, the DFA said Filipinos in the affected areas needing medical assistance and treatment should go to the nearest medical facility and seek proper medical care, including treatment and quarantine.
For those Filipinos requiring assistance, supplies, and other matters related to the virus may also contact any of the two 24-hour hotlines established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of China: +86-27-8712-2256 and +86-27-8781-1173.