By J. Jala | 12:26 PM February 28, 2020
The Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas said that 26 South Korean tourists, who arrived in Cebu from Daegu City, South Korea on Tuesday, have already been traced.
DOH regional director Doctor Jaime Bernadas said the Korean nationals are staying in hotels in the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu.
The tourists arrived at the Mactan Cebu International Airport a night before the government imposed travel restrictions on North Gyeongsang province, where most coronavirus infections in the country have been found.
The tourists are “confined” in their hotel rooms and are being monitored by DOH and hotel personnel and both the local government units.
Bernadas said the hotels were already given “official instructions.”
He said the tourists will be transferred in government-owned facilities if there will be problem.
However, none of the Korean nationals manifest any symptom of COVID-19.
A travel ban was imposed on those traveling from North Gyeongsang province, where Daegu City is located. It is where the majority of South Korea’s coronavirus cases are concentrated.
South Korea has the highest number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases outside China after an outbreak centered in its fourth largest city, Daegu. The spike in cases has been linked to a religious sect in the said city.
South Korea has the most confirmed coronavirus cases outside of mainland China. There are at least 2,022 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths.