As the age-old saying goes, “Love always finds a way”—and it’s ringing true for Singaporean couple Joseph Yew and Kang Ting. The couple, who got married in China in October, was also going to have a separate ceremony in Singapore as Yew’s family and friends couldn’t attend the first wedding. They got back to Singapore from China just in time for their wedding, which was set on February 2.
The wedding hall was already decorated, the dinner banquet had already been arranged, and the gown and suit were ready to be worn—but there was suddenly a change of plans. The couple’s guests expressed fear upon knowing that they had just come back from China—the center of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The virus has already infected over 20,000 individuals from around the world, and Yew and Ting’s guests were concerned about their health. Because of this, the couple decided that they would attend the wedding, but from a different room, to relieve their guests’ fears.
From a room at the hotel where the wedding was supposed to be held, the couple live streamed the ceremonies and the popping of champagne, which the hotel provided. Their guests—who were at the wedding hall itself—watched as the wedded couple exchanged vows and made their toasts and speeches. In an interview with BBC, Yew said they were not sad about the wedding, just a bit disappointed, “I think there were no other option[s], so [I have] no regrets,” he adds.
As of writing, the number of humans infected by the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) is at 28,276, according to data from the World Health Organization. Of these, three are in the Philippines, in which one died—the first outside of China.
Security measures have already been put in place to avoid further infections in the Philippines. Flights from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, or those that passed through China, have been banned from entering the country. Furthermore, flights going to any of these countries have also been cancelled to ensure the safety of both the passengers and the flight crew.
Only Filipinos and those with permanent resident visas will be allowed to enter the country, and only Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have permits in China and its Special Administrative Regions (SARs) are exempted from the outbound flight ban.