2 Filipinos: Out of Wuhan in the nick of time

By Allysa Nievera

Two Filipino women were able to leave Wuhan City hours before the transport lockdown to contain the 2019 novel Coronavirus.

According to an exclusive report of GMA News, "Bhie" and "Cindy" (not their real names) said they received a text message before midnight about the transport lockdown that will happen at 10:00 a.m. the following day.

Bhie and Cindy said they were able to confirm the news at 6:00 a.m., four hours before the scheduled lockdown.

They immediately rented a car and went to another city.

"We're feeling that it's safe now cause we have left Wuhan na ngayon ay naka-lockdown na. It was really a chaos. It's like an apocalypse. We actually thought we're never gonna get out of Wuhan this morning." they said.

The Filipinas said they will stay in Hong Kong before going home to the Philippines.

They also said they are willing to be screened and quarantine if needed upon their arrival in Manila. Wuhan City is the reported origin of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus that started on December 31.

The death toll has risen to 25, with the number of confirmed cases leaping to 830. Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore and United states have all reported confirmed cases of the virus. (With reports from Agence France-Presse)