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Over 6,000 passengers have been screened at the ports, both airport and seaport since the screening were first initiated on January 23, 2020, according to the latest update yesterday from the Ministry of Health on the status of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Palau.

The report states that health screening has been conducted on 59 flights, 3 flights within the last 24 hours, 6,363 passengers, 8 vessels, and 17 secondary screenings.

Ministry of Health confirms that there are NO suspected cases of COVID-19 in Palau.

Update reports that to date, 69,288 cases have been confirmed, of which 68,508 cases are within mainland China.  780 cases have been reported in 29 countries and territories.

1,670 people have died from the disease, 1,665 within mainland China and 1 in the Philippines, 1 in Hong Kong, 1 in Japan, 1 in France and 1 in Taiwan.

The Ministry of Health also reports that it is preparing to take and care for any critically ill suspect cases.

Currently, Palau under Executive Orders 433, 435 and 436 have banned direct flights from mainland China, Macao or Hong Kong to Palau.  It had further banned the entry of any persons that have been in or transited through mainland China, Macao or Hong Kong in the last 14 days.  It has also banned government travel to any of these places.

MOH continues to remind people to practice respiratory etiquettes such as covering one’s mouth when coughing or nose when sneezing and wash hands frequently with soap and water or with 70% alcohol-based sanitizer.