PAGCOR imposes 10-day quarantine on POGO workers from countries hit by Wuhan virus

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) – The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation has directed offshore gaming operators in the country to impose a 10-day quarantine on their employees arriving from countries affected by the novel coronavirus.

The new coronavirus or 2019-nCoV that originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan has left at least 106 people dead and infected more than 4,500 in mainland China. It continues to spread across Asia and other parts of the world.

PAGCOR said in a statement late Monday that the order applies to newly-hired and returning workers of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators or POGO.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the symptoms of Wuhan coronavirus infection may begin to show ten days to two weeks after exposure to the virus.

The total number of cases of coronavirus outside mainland China is now more than 50, with 14 countries reporting cases of the virus, the CNN said in a report on Tuesday.

Besides China, the following countries said they have also been infected with the new strain of coronavirus called the 2019-nCoV:




South Korea







Sri Lanka




The World Health Organization said there is no vaccine or treatment yet for 2019-nCov,

Duque said Monday that the Philippines remains free from the virus, but added that they are closely monitoring suspected cases.

The WHO said last week that people should be tested for the nCoV infection if they have severe acute respiratory infection, fever, as well as if they did any of the following:

-Had direct contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus

-Had interactions with health workers of a facility tackling the illness

-Visited the animal market in Wuhan— the Chinese city at the center of the virus’ new strain

-Had contact or eaten animals from the Wuhan market.