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Don’t be afraid of nCoV, says Duterte

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 10:03 PM February 03, 2020
Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte held a press conference on the nCoV outbreak on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Malacañang. (Photo from an RTVM video)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte allayed public apprehension about the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a press briefing held on Monday in Malacañang, saying: “Let’s start with narratives by saying that everything is well in the country, that there’s nothing really to be extra scared of the coronavirus thing.”

“It has affected a lot of countries, but you know in one or two [cases] in any country is not really that fearsome,” he added.

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The President pointed out one nCoV-related death had so far been recorded in the Philippines and the fatality was a foreigner.

He also questioned the “hysterical” response of the public following the news of confirmed coronavirus case in the country.

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“The response of the people from the initial reports of coronavirus was also hysterical when there was really no need for it actually. If there is really a virus going around, why do you have to be hysterical?” Duterte said.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier reported there are 80 patients under investigation for the novel coronavirus.

READ: 80 patients now under investigation for new coronavirus – DOH

Meanwhile, the patient who was confirmed to be the country’s second nCoV case died over the weekend, the first reported fatality outside China.

READ: DOH confirms 2nd case of nCoV in PH, says patient died Saturday

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