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Duterte aide: Keep cool amid new virus

At this point, we cannot do anything that will slow down the economy. We still need to see more info on monkeypox

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The Palace adviser for entrepreneurship has disagreed over suggestions to close the country’s borders amid the emergence of monkeypox in more than 80 countries, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a viral zoonotic disease, that typically has symptoms of fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to a range of medical complications.

According to Joey Concepcion, closing the borders anew would mean a catastrophe to businesses that count on tourism, such as hotels, resorts and airlines, among others for their recovery efforts.

“We cannot close our borders for that. At this point, we cannot do anything that will slow down the economy. We still need to see more info on monkeypox,” Concepcion said in a Viber interview on Saturday.

Keep borders open

Further, Concepcion said that citizens and personalities should not overreact as monkeypox is not as contagious as the usual chickenpox.

“We should not overreact, as this (monkeypox) is different. It requires close contact, something like smallpox. Those who have taken the smallpox vaccine have protection, but I don’t know if a booster will be required. I don’t believe this will spread like Covid-19,” Concepcion inculcated.

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