Congress to implement stricter protocols vs novel coronavirus outbreak

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri and House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales led the implication of stricter protocols in both chambers as novel coronavirus sparks threat. 

On 3 February 2020, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri announced that the Senate agreed to implement stricter visitation protocols amid threats on coronavirus. Visits on seeking for financial assistance and official matters are temporarily limited.

“We’d just like to inform the body and all the staff together with our colleagues that we will be implementing stricter protocols on visitations due to the outbreak of the coronavirus all over the world with that alarming contamination rate,” Zubiri said.

It is highly recommended in the House of Representatives those lawmakers and employees who have recently traveled to countries and territories where 2019nCoV cases have been reported to quarantine themselves in their homes for 14 days once they arrive in the Philippines. 

House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales issued a memorandum to order the use of thermal scanners for screening the temperature to monitor those who pass through the entrance lobbies. He also required the lower house employees to wear protective masks that were distributed at the frontline.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), there are three confirmed cases of 2019nCoV in the country, 208 patients tested negative, and still waiting for the results of 197 patients as of February 12, 2020.

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