CNN Philippines temporarily goes off air for disinfection after confirmed COVID-19 case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) — CNN Philippines will temporarily stop broadcasting starting today after a member of its utility staff tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

"As a precaution and for everybody's safety, we are temporarily going off the air starting tonight to disinfect the CNN Philippines office on Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong," the company said in a statement.

Majority of CNN Philippines’ employees have been working from home, but those who reported for work in the office on Tuesday were evacuated for isolation.

CNN Philippines will continue to deliver news through its website and its Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Updates will also be posted on the CNN Philippines’ Viber community.

The total number of COVID-19 cases nationwide rose to 47,873 on Tuesday, with 1,309 deaths and 12,386 recoveries. The mysterious disease has infected more than 11 million people worldwide and killed over 530,000.

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which is related to the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS – but not as deadly. Most patients exhibit mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

The disease is spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth when people infected with the virus cough or sneeze. To prevent further spread of the virus, health authorities are urging people to practice regular hand washing, cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, practice social distancing and avoid contact with those who show respiratory symptoms.