Tacloban City Gov’t requires health declaration form to passengers amid nCoV
LOOK: Members of the Tacloban City nCoV Task Force together with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Bureau of Immigration met with Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez on Tuesday to discuss possible measures that will help control the entry of coronavirus in the City.
Among the measures discussed was the plan to tighten the screening of arriving passengers at the DZR Airport, and let all passengers bound for Tacloban fill out an ‘nCoV checklist’ (health declaration card) which asks for their travel histories, addresses, and contact details.
On the health declaration checklist, passengers must answer if they have experienced any symptoms similar to those of the nCoV which include fever, headache, sore throat, body weakness, cough and difficulty of breathing.
As agreed during the meeting, the ‘nCoV checklist’ must be distributed prior to landing and filled out forms will be under the jurisdiction of CAAP.
Meantime, necessary sanitizing and temperature checks will also be done. In the event of fever (with a temperature of 37.8 and above), the passenger will be directed immediately at the holding area and will be referred to the Department of Health Region 8.
As of yesterday, February 3, there are 304 deaths and 14, 411confirmed cases across China, as well as 46 cases have been reported in 23 other countries including the Philippines. Meanwhile, Tacloban City has two Person Under Investigation (PUIs).
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