Mag-ingat! Councilor urged vigilance against coronavirus

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Iloilo City Councilor Allan Zaldivar urged everyone to take the necessary precautions amid an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in China.

“As a neighboring country of China, we must be vigilant,” said Zaldivar, chairperson of the Committee on Health in the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

As the highlight of the Dinagyang Festival is drawing closer, the politiko emphasized that prevention is better than cure. (

“We do not want to put our health at risk,” according to him.

Zaldivar explained that Dinagyang attracts visitors from other countries thus the risk of the China virus entering the city should not be downplayed.

The virus, known also as 2019-nCoV, is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans. The SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus that killed nearly 800 people globally in the early 2000s was also a coronavirus.