- "Eat Bulaga" has temporarily stopped accepting live studio audience in view of the new coronavirus outbreak in the Philippines
- The management of the longest-running show said in an announcement on social media that this is their way to help prevent the spread of the disease
- Eat Bulaga, however, assured its viewers that it will continue airing and bringing “isang libo't isang tuwa” to every home
- The country currently has a total of 10 confirmed cases of the illness and the health department provided descriptions of the four patients who were recently infected with the virus
As the country fights the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, noontime show Eat Bulaga has temporarily suspended the admission of live studio audience to help prevent the spread of the disease.
In a statement released on social media, its management said they are closing their doors to studio audience "after extensive and careful consideration in order to cooperate with government efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19."
“In view of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines, which has placed the country in a state of public health emergency, the management of Eat Bulaga has decided to temporarily suspend the admission of a live studio audience in the airing of its show, to help prevent the spread of the virus and to help ensure the health and safety of its talent, staff, crew, and members of its audience," the announcement said.
The statement also added that they will still continue airing Eat Bulaga despite the COVID-19 scare.
"Araw-araw pa rin po kaming maghahatid ng isang libo't isang tuwa sa inyong mga tahanan," it said.
"Ingat po tayong lahat, Dabarkads!"
According to a report by the Philippine Star, the announcement came after Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has confirmed the first case of the respiratory illness in her city. GMA Network, which airs Eat Bulaga, is in Timog Avenue, Quezon City while APT Studios, the permanent home of the show, is in Cainta, Rizal.
According to the Department of Health (DOH) has a total of 10 confirmed cases as of this writing, as reported by GMA News.
The health department also provided descriptions of the four confirmed new cases: a 38-year-old Taiwanese male who has no travel history outside the country but had contact with another Taiwanese who visited the country and tested positive when he went back to Taiwan; a 32-year-old Filipino male with history of travel to Japan within the past 14 days; an 86-year-old American male with pre-existing hypertension and history of travel to USA and South Korea; and a 57-year-old Filipino with no travel history but was said to have had contact with someone who was infected with the virus.
In a previous report by KAMI, President Rodrigo Duterte officially declared state of public health emergency due to COVID-19.
Eat Bulaga is the longest-running noontime show in the country. It is a Philippine television variety program broadcast by GMA Network and can also be seen worldwide through GMA Pinoy TV and streaming online on YouTube.
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