Filipino bishops urge caution amid coronavirus report

Catholic News Agency | 1/23/2020 | Staff
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Cebu, Philippines, Jan 23, 2020 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- Filipino Church leaders have urged parishioners to be extra cautious amidst a deadly outbreak of coronavirus, which has affected hundreds of people in China and spread to other countries as well.

Bishop Oscar Florencio, who oversees the Bishops’ Commission on Health Care, encouraged residents to be vigilant and to quickly check into a hospital if they believe they have the illness.

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“First and foremost, we have to exercise prudence here, both personally and collectively,” he said, according to ucanews.com.

“If one thinks he needs to see a doctor because of some suspicion of corona virus-like symptoms, please let us be prudent enough to do it, so we can arrest the sickness right away.”

Month - Outbreak - City - Wuhan - Strain

Last month, an outbreak of 2019-nCoV was reported in Chinese city of Wuhan. Believed to be a new strain within the coronavirus family, the virus can cause fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. In some cases, it can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure, and severe acute respiratory syndrome.

Over 600 people have been diagnosed with the virus, which has killed at least 18 people in China. As of Thursday, three Chinese cities - Wuhan, Huanggang, and Ezhou - have been placed in a temporary lockdown, restricting travel by trains, planes, and ferries.

Weeks - Virus - Thailand - South - Korea

In recent weeks, the virus has also been confirmed in Thailand, South Korea, and Japan. This week, a 30-year-old man was found to be infected in the state of Washington after returning from a trip to China.

A five-year-old boy, who had recently traveled to Wuhan, was admitted to the hospital in Cebu City, Philippines, for symptoms of the virus. The Philippines’ Health Department said it is investigating the case. The boy, who is in stable condition, tested positive for a nonspecific pancoronavirus, and samples have been sent to Australia to identify the specific...
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