Concert promoter Pulp Live World has issued guidelines for all its shows including K-pop concerts in light of the coronavirus concern.
This weekend, K-pop group Seventeen will hold their “Ode to You” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on Feb. 8 and the following day at the same venue, the cast of the hit Korean variety show “Running Man” will hold their “A Decade of Laughter” tour in Manila. On Feb. 29, NCT Dream will have their “The Dream Tour” concert at the New Frontier Theater.
According to Pulp, it will impose a “no mask, no entry” policy for those attending the shows but will provide for those who don’t have face masks. In addition, body temperatures will be checked and alcohol stations will be set up at the venue.
“We highly discourage those coming from affected areas to the show for everyone’s safety,” it added.
In the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) said there are two confirmed cases of coronavirus contamination including one who died of the virus.
The two are a 38-year-old Chinese female and her 44-year-old Chinese male companion who came from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, and arrived in the Philippines through Hong Kong on Jan. 21.
According to the DOH, the 44-year-old Chinese male was admitted at San Lazaro Hospital on Jan. 25 for pneumonia after experiencing cough, fever and sore throat. He died on Feb. 1.
“I would like to emphasize that this is an imported case with no evidence of local transmission. We are currently working with the Chinese Embassy to ensure the dignified management of the remains according to national and international standards to contain the disease,” said Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III.
As a measure, the Philippine government has imposed a temporary ban on travelers coming from China, Macau and Hong Kong except for holders of Philippine passports and those with permanent resident visas.
“DOH is monitoring every development on the 2019-nCoV very closely and is taking proactive measures to contain the spread of this virus in our country. This health event is fast-evolving and fluid. We are continuously recalibrating our plans and efforts as the situation develops,” said Duque.