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15 Under Self-Quarantine in Dipolog After Returning Home from South Korea

DIPOLOG, Philippines – Eight school teachers, one supervisor, and six others are now undergoing a 14-day self-quarantine after returning home to Dipolog from a trip to Seoul, South Korea. The Dipolog City Schools Division ordered the self-quarantine as a cautionary measure after South Korea became the country with the most number of COVID-19 infections outside mainland China.

Parents of students from the school where these 15 individuals are working, out of fear, have threatened to pull out their children if the education administration didn’t take action. In a statement given to Rappler, provincial health officer Esmeralda A. Nadela said that they have imposed a mandatory self-quarantine to these individuals to appease the parents and at the same time prevent the risk of spreading if there are any confirmed cases.

“We are now coordinating with the Dipolog City Schools Division as we sent surveillance personnel to visit and investigate our persons under monitoring (PUM). As of now, these teachers are not showing symptoms. In case they will – God forbid – they will be immediately transferred to our isolation facility,” Nadela said.

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