The Presidential Security Group (PSG) on Monday announced that persons who have yet to be tested for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be barred from close contact with President Rodrigo Duterte in light of the rising number of confirmed cases of the disease in the Philippines.
In a statement, the PSG stressed that those who have yet to be tested for the disease should maintain at least a six-feet or a two-meter distance from the President and only those who were tested and found negative from COVID-19 will be allowed close contact with the President Duterte.
The President’s security detail also noted that during public functions, a 10-meter distance between Duterte and the audience would be observed as a precautionary measure against the disease.
The PSG also insisted on the “strict” enforcement of the “no touch policy” on the President even if the chief executive previously rejected the measure.
To recall, the President last week tested negative for the disease after several of his top officials went on self-quarantine following contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
Cabinet officials Salvador Medialdea, Arthur Tugade, Carlos Dominguez III, and Mark Villar have all tested negative for the disease after exposure to a person who was found infected with COVID-19.