Duterte suspends foreign trips due to Covid-19 – The Manila Times

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte won’t be travelling abroad anytime in the future on the recommendation of the Department of Health (DoH) following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-2019), Presidential Security Group (PSG) said on Thursday.

“For now, all PRRD’s (President Duterte) foreign travels, especially to those countries with confirmed cases of Covid-19, have been suspended as recommended by DoH,” the PSG said in a Facebook post.

The coronavirus, which broke out in Wuhan, China, has spread to more than 100 countries including the Philippines in recent weeks.

The global death toll from the coronavirus is over 4,000 with more than 110,000 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Currently, there are 52 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, including two fatalities.

Duterte and his former top aide and now Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go underwent tests for Covid-19 at Bahay Pagbabago in Malacañang at 5 p.m on Thursday.

The tests, which were conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), came after Duterte and Go met with some Cabinet members who have direct exposure to a Covid-19 patient.

In a text message, Go said the test results would be released after two days.

“We are not doing this because we have symptoms of Covid-19. We are doing this to ensure that we are fit and healthy to engage the public and perform our duties in the coming days and weeks. As always, the President and I remain ready to serve and die for the Filipino people,” Go said in a separate statement.



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