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Senator Sonny Angara on Thursday expressed hope that the government is ready for the “worst” insofar as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is concerned.

The number of people in the country tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 59.

“I really don’t know if we are prepared for the worst case scenarios where our hospitals will fill up and people will die without the chance to get treatment,” Angara said.

“I’m sad to say that but I hope I’m wrong,” said Angara, who decided to go on self-quarantine amid report that a person found infected with COVID-19 had attended a Senate public hearing on March 5.

He added, “Am ok physically but may also do self-quarantine starting tomorrow (March 13). I have sent my staff home since Monday evening.”

“I think the Philippines should be more proactive and look to the best practices of South Korea where they have tested a large number and measures have proven effective at lowering number of cases,” Angara said.

Meanwhile, Senator Grace Poe said that the country is “facing a disease that knows no borders.”

“We cannot simply watch and feel safe while the pandemic ripples across the globe. Our unity and sense of humanity will help combat this public health crisis,” she said.

“As we try our best to keep ourselves and our families healthy, there should be a palpable sense of responsibility for the greater common good. We are all in this together,” Poe said.

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