Amid Covid-19 threat, Treñas urges Ilonggos to stay calm

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Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas asked his constituents to “remain calm” following the arrival of Koreans from Daegu City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) in South Korea, in the city.

Treñas assured the city government is taking steps to make sure the metropolis remains free of Covid-19.

An undetermined number of Koreans were supposed to participate in the religious gathering “RUN for Jesus” today at the public plaza in La Paz district but the event was canceled by the city government. (

“The city government is on top of the situation,” the city mayor said, adding that these Koreans were traced already.

Yesterday, Malacañang announced that the inter-agency task force handling the novel coronavirus crisis decided to ban all travelers coming from North Gyeongsang province in South Korea where Daegu is located.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases met today (Wednesday) and it approved to impose a ban on the entry of travelers coming from the North Gyeongsang province of South Korea into the Philippine territory effective immediately,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.