DFA tells Filipinos in coronavirus-hit Singapore to avoid large crowds
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday advised Filipinos in Singapore to avoid large crowds, a day after a Filipino in the country was announced to have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“All Filipinos in Singapore are likewise encouraged to continue to maintain vigilance, observe proper hygiene, avoid crowds or large gatherings and frequently monitor personal health,” the DFA said in a statement.
Those who develop fever, cough, sore throat and difficulty in breathing, are advised to see a doctor immediately, said the DFA.
The DFA said the patient is now warded in an isolation room at a hospital, citing information from the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.
“The Embassy is in close coordination with the Ministry of Health of Singapore and stands ready to provide all consular assistance to the patient as needed. In the meantime, everyone is requested to respect the patient’s privacy,” the DFA said.
Aside from the patient in Singapore, some Filipinos have also tested positive for COVID-19 in other countries. These are the 59 Filipinos quarantined at the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, one in Hong Kong, and two in the United Arab Emirates.
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