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Another House staff positive

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More health trouble faces the House of Representatives yesterday as another worker tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) according to House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales.

Montales said the employee, who is from the Printing Service last reported for work on 5 March, went on leave on 6 March and was admitted to the hospital on 7 March for dengue.

“The diagnosis was dengue. The doctors later, on 12 and 14 March, tested him for COVID-19 and the results just came out today.”

“We reiterate our request for everyone to stay calm. The spread of this disease can be controlled with everyone’s cooperation,” he said.

House disinfection ongoing

Last Sunday, an employee also in the Printing Service, died days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

The staff has no history of travel to any country with confirmed COVID-19 case and has no known history of exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual, according to Montales.

Work at the House of Representatives is suspended until 12 April due to the global pandemic, which prompted the chamber also to order the disinfection of all buildings in the Batasang Pambansa Complex.

Meanwhile, five lawmakers namely Davao Rep. Isidro Ungab, Navotas Rep. John Reynald Tiangco, Valenzuela Rep. Eric Martinez and Iloilo City Rep. Julienne Baronda and Biñan City lone district Rep. Marlyn Alonte are now under self-quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19.

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