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The government must impose a temporary travel ban on all individuals for at least 30 days who came from or have passed through Wuhan, China.

Senator Risa Hontiveros made the proposal amid the reported “asymptomatic nature and lengthy incubation period” of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), as determined by health authorities.

“This call is on top of the Civil Aeronautics Board’s recent suspension of all flights from Wuhan to the Philippines,” Hontiveros said.

She added that concerned authorities must place residents of Wuhan presently in the country and those with flu-like symptoms who have traveled through China in the past 14 days under health surveillance.

“I also strongly urge these individuals to self-quarantine and to report to health authorities any sign of sickness for appropriate medical observation and proper treatment,” she said.

Hontiveros said the spread of the virus “is a global concern that needs international cooperation.”

“It is of the utmost importance that we consider similar precautionary measures being taken by Taiwan, Singapore and our other neighboring countries,” she said.

“I urge that we immediately implement measures that support the Chinese authority’s decision to ban travel to and from Wuhan to contain the virus as much as possible,” she said.

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