Immigration officers under quarantine

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10) — Nineteen Immigration officers will go through a 14-day home isolation as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus, the bureau said Monday.

The agency said the 19 immigration officers boarded five different cruise ships that visited China, Hong Kong, and Macau in the last 14 days.

“The 19 immigration officers did not exhibit any symptoms of the virus, and neither did the passengers that they inspected... We are doing this as a preventive measure, to ensure that our officers are protected from the virus,” it said in a statement.

The bureau corrected the earlier statement of its ports operations division chief, Grifton Medina, that 13 officers were quarantined in immigration facilities in Clark, Pampanga as they were in contact with confirmed coronavirus cases.

There are three recorded coronavirus cases in the Philippines, with one death.