150 Filipinos in Wuhan running out of food, water: PH envoy


Posted at Jan 28 2020 07:59 PM

A general view inside a shopping mall in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 25, 2020 in this still image taken from video. Jovis and Marissa via Reuters

MANILA - At least 150 Filipinos in the Chinese city of Wuhan are running out of supplies like food and water, according to the Philippine ambassador to China on Tuesday, amid the lockdown on the area that is at the center of a novel coronavirus outbreak.

"'Yung mga naka self-quarantine, the 150 Filipinos in Wuhan, basically, are staying indoors. Kinukulang na [sila] ng pagkain, at kinukulang na ng tubig," Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana told radio DZMM.

(The 150 Filipinos in Wuhan who are in self-quarantine, basically, are staying indoors. They are running out of food and water.)

Sta. Romana assured they are coordinating with the Chinese government in sending aid to the Filipinos affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak.

"The Chinese government has declared yesterday that they are shipping supplies, [like] tubig (water), and face mask. We are now distributing these to the members of the Philippine community through Shanghai for those in need," he said.

For now, the Filipino community in Wuhan can only be reached through text and online messaging platforms, according to the ambassador.

"It's basically through chat groups, through phone," he said.

Up to a third of the Filipinos in Wuhan expressed desire to be repatriated from the Chinese city, Sen. Bong Go said earlier.

Go said this was discussed at a meeting of health and foreign affairs officials earlier Monday, which he attended. The Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai also had said it was in contact with the affected Filipinos to ensure that they will receive adequate aid during the lockdown.

China last week placed Wuhan on lockdown and a transport shutdown left millions stranded. As of this writing, at least 106 people died and some 2,700 were reported infected due to the novel coronavirus.