3 Philippine senators undergo self-quarantine in connection with COVID-19

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Senators Sherwin Gatchalian, Nancy Binay, and Panfilo Lacson are now undergoing self-quarantine after one of the resource speakers during their March 5, 2020 hearing has been tested positive for COVID-19.

“Following the decision of Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian to go into self-quarantine, I have likewise decided to take similar precautions and self-monitor for the next 14 days,” Senator Binay said March 11.

“I have asked my staff to do the same and take precautionary steps to limit face-to-face interactions,” the lady senator added. “With close to 50 people already been tested positive, it only shows that the exposure to the virus is real, and there’s a high chance that someone out there is a carrier.”

For his part, Senator Lacson told senate reporters “better safe than sorry for others. Yes [I will also undergo self-quarantine] to follow the lead of Sens Gatchalian and Binay.”