Philippines keeps ports open to all ships despite virus fears

The Philippines said on Wednesday its ports remain open to all ships, even those from China, in order not to disrupt the cargo supply chain

Protesters hold a demonstration against the reported docking of a cruise ship coming from Hong Kong, at a ship port in Subic Bay, Zambales province, north of Manila

Manila - The Philippines said on Wednesday its ports remain open to all ships, even those from China, in order not to disrupt the cargo supply chain, but the crew of vessels arriving from the coronavirus-hit nation will be barred from disembarking.
 
All foreigners travelling from China and its two special administrative regions - Hong Kong and Macau - are currently barred from entering the Philippines amid a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak that has killed nearly 500 people in China.
 
A Chinese man who arrived from China’s Wuhan city, where the virus emerged last year, has also died in the Philippines.
 
Concerns about possible delays in shipments of Philippine nickel ore to China as a result of the port restrictions added to the upward pressure on nickel prices.
 
 
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