DFA tells Pinoys in Iran to follow gov’t orders amid COVID-19 alert


Posted at Feb 26 2020 11:04 PM

An Iranian woman wears a protective mask to prevent contracting coronavirus, as she sits in the bus in Tehran, Iran February 25, 2020. West Asia News Agency, Nazanin Tabatabaee via Reuters

MANILA—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday told Filipinos in Iran to "observe and comply" with the advisories of health authorities there, amid the COVID-19 spread in the Middle Eastern country.

In a statement, the DFA told Filipinos in Iran to follow advisories from Tehran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, as well as directives issued by local Iranian health authorities.

To avoid infection, Filipinos there were reminded to wash their hands, avoid people showing symptoms of the virus, observe proper coughing etiquette, avoid contact with farm animals, drink enough water, cook food thoroughly, and immediately consult a doctor when experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

"Also, avoid unnecessary travel and public gatherings for the time being," the department said.

At the time this story was posted, no Filipino in Iran was reported infected with COVID-19.

The Philippine Embassy in Iran is ready to provide assistance to Filipinos in distress through its hotline +98 912 2136801.

"The Embassy continues to closely monitor the development of the said outbreak in Iran and is coordinating with the Filipino communities to ensure the safety and welfare of our countrymen," the DFA said.

On Wednesday, officials confirmed 19 people have died and 139 people have been infected by the new coronavirus in Iran.

— With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News and Reuters