Senate enforces 'stricter' visitation policy to curb 2019-nCoV spread

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 03 2020 05:35 PM

The Senate will limit visitors entering its building to avoid the possible spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said Monday. Jonathan Cellona ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - The Senate on Monday decided to "limit" visitors entering the Senate Building to avoid the possible spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease.

Majority of the senators have agreed to "limit visits to official matters," Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri told the chamber during the February 3, 2019 session.

"We will be implementing stricter protocol on visitation with the outbreak of the virus," Zubiri said.

"This is just to make sure we don't add to the spread of the disease in our country," he said.

The "stricter" visitation policy will only be "temporary" and will be lifted as soon as the Philippines finds a way "on how to address the coronavirus," he said.

Senate marshalls have been asked to wear face masks, while employees may avail of free protective masks at the Senate clinic.

The Philippines imposed a travel ban to and from China and its territories after it registered the first novel coronavirus-related death outside of China over the weekend.

The virus, that originated from a market in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 300 people and infected over 14,000 others globally.

- with a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News