From now on well-wishers will not be allowed to touch Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to protect him from the coronavirus, his security detail have announced.

“The PSG [Presidential Security Group] will implement a no-touch policy between the president and the public,” group commander Jesus Durante said in a statement.

“Personalities who are expected to get near [him] will be thoroughly screened,” he added.

At 74, President Duterte is considered to be in a vulnerable age group.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines doubled to 20 on Monday.

One patient has died: a man who had traveled to the country from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak originated late last year.

Source: BBC News

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