Sotto: Ban voyagers from nations with coronavirus cases if episode declines

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MANILA, Philippines — Should the novel coronavirus flare-up declines, the Philippines should prohibit all voyagers rolling in from nations with affirmed instances of the contamination, said Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

This after the Palace said President Rodrigo Duterte has requested an impermanent restriction on Chinese nationals from Hubei area and from different pieces of China where the spread of the novel coronavirus has been accounted for.

"I agree (with the boycott), in reality the movement boycott ought to be for all... lahat ng (all) nationalities originating from that region in China," Sotto advised journalists in a message to columnists on Friday.

"On the off chance that it deteriorates, prohibit na all originating from nations with (2019-nCoV)," he included.

Sotto included that "we should leave everything" to the nation's wellbeing authorities, taking note of that "they are in a superior situation to survey matters as opposed to us rocker pundits."

For Senator Francis Pangilinan, he said the boycott should cover more regions.

"Taking into account that the infection is currently affirmed in every one of the 31 Chinese territories the boycott should cover more regions and not simply Hubei," he said in an instant message to

"We additionally encourage the (Philippine government) to repatriate more than 150 Filipinos in Wuhan. We should deal with our own kin," he included.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it will begin repatriating Filipinos in China, generally from Wuhan, one week from now.

Representative Panfilo Lacson, in the interim, praised the President's mandate to give the movement boycott.

"It just shows that the President is available to balanced exhortation from the Cabinet in issues that include open security notwithstanding opposite articulations previously gave," he said in a message to

Lacson then encouraged the Department of Health (DOH) to "l be "increasingly proactive and careful particularly when it includes a novel savage infection like what the nation is attempting to battle with now."

On Thursday, the DOH affirmed the primary instance of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines.

Wellbeing Secretary Francisco Duque III said a 38-year-old Chinese lady, who landed in the Philippines through a departure from Hong Kong a week ago, tried positive for novel coronavirus, which initially broke out in the capital city of Wuhan in Hubei territory.

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