Baguio City Cancels Panagbenga Festival Over Fears Of 2019-nCoV

Baguio City has canceled the opening parade of the Panagbenga Festival due to the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus, according to its mayor.

In a press conference, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that he was canceling the street parade on Saturday, February 1.

Baguio City
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The Cordillera Regional Athletic Association (CARAA) said that “all events that will draw crowds and visitors in the next three weeks” were also canceled.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that “there’s still no definitive decision” if it will push through with the Grand Street Parade scheduled on February 29 and Grand Float Parade scheduled on March 1, yet “We would just like to be proactive about this.”

The 2019 novel coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China has killed at least 200 people across 18 countries. The Philippines banned flights to and from the Hubei province a day after DOH announced that a female tourist from China tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus.

As of this writing, the Department of Health (DOH) is monitoring at least 31 possible carriers of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the Philippines.

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