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Coronavirus in Daet, Philippines

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Oct 08, 2020 Update

We Asked: What is currently happening with regard to the Coronavirus outbreak in your area? Please provide as much detail as possible. He replied...

Our Province requires masks and when in public transport masks and face shield. The Province i controlling the spread by requiring all members from travelling into the Province to under go a two week quarantine. Several travel related COVID cases have been discovered and stopped in this manner. All stores require temp readings and logging in in case if they have to do contact tracing. Seems to be working for COVID is not spreading amongst the local population.

How People are Coping

We Asked: How are people handling the situation in your area? He replied...

People are complying but in some ways are really tired of the COVID mess and wonder if a normal day will ever return.

Government Response

We Asked: Describe how the government of the country about which you are reporting is handling this situation. He replied...

Our Province requires masks and when in public transport masks and face shield. The Province i controlling the spread by requiring all members from travelling into the Province to under go a two week quarantine. Several travel related COVID cases have been discovered and stopped in this manner. All stores require temp readings and logging in in case if they have to do contact tracing. Seems to be working for COVID is not spreading amongst the local population.

Supplies and Shortages

We Asked: Is there a shortage of supplies in your location? He replied...

none Shortages are in regular merchant supplies since transportation of goods is severely slowed due to quarantine restrictions.

Travel Restrictions and Related COVID-19 Testing

We Asked: Are non-citizens allowed to travel to your country? Describe travel restrictions, COVID-19 testing requirements and any details about traveling into your country. He replied...

Non-citizens must have a VISA and can only travel into country if they are immigrating with a spouse.

Health Insurance Requirements

We Asked: Is health insurance required when traveling into the country? Is it required when applying for residency? Is this a new requirement since COVID-19? Describe the health insurance requirement. He replied...

no

COVID-19 Testing

We Asked: How easy or difficult is it to get a COVID-19 test locally? Where can you get tested? Do you need to have symptoms or a prescription from a doctor? Describe the process. He replied...

testing is conducted at the airports for all arriving

Public Healthcare & Public Hospitals

We Asked: Are you enrolled in the public healthcare system where you live? Do you feel that the public hospitals are handling or preparing for the Coronavirus outbreak effectively? He replied...

no

Private Health Insurance & Private Hospitals

We Asked: Do you have private health insurance? If you have private insurance, does this give you access to private hospitals? Are private hospitals or clinics better prepared, less prepared, or the same? Please explain. He replied...

yes.... we have an aetna plan and are reimbursed for medical costs

Hospital of Choice for Coronavirus Treatment

We Asked: Would you choose a public or private hospital if you needed treatment for Coronavirus? Why? If there is a specific hospital that you would go to in the event of severe illness? Which hospital and why? He replied...

Private...better staffed and treatment facility

Residency & Visa

We Asked: Are new residency applications being processed? Have there been any changes or extensions made in terms of residency and other visa renewals? He replied...

The embassy was closed when I departed so no new VISA applications were being taken. I was lucky to have processed mine just before all this started.

Future Outlook

We Asked: Are you considering returning to your home country due to the Coronavirus? Would this be a temporary move or a permanent repatriation? Please explain. He replied...

no difference

Other Thoughts

We Asked: Do you have any other thoughts you would like to share? He replied...

Please develop a vaccine

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