House of Representatives is COVID-19 free: official


Posted at Mar 12 2020 04:48 PM

MANILA — The House of Representatives has no member who is being tested for or was infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), an official said Thursday, after some senators went on quarantine due to exposure to an individual who tested positive for the respiratory disease.

The lower chamber of Congress has "no confirmed case" and no patient under government monitoring, said House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales.

"To date, the House of Representatives remains COVID-19 free," he said in a statement.

Senators Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian, Panfilo Lacson, Imee Marcos, Francis Tolentino, Francis Pangilinan, Ramon "Bong" Revilla and Juan Miguel Zubiri went on self-quarantine after a resource person in a March 5 legislative hearing tested positive for the virus.

Davao City's Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Rep. Isidro Ungab also went on voluntary quarantine after interacting with Gatchalian after a hearing of the Commission on Appointments on March 11.

The House of Representatives will disinfect its premises from Friday to Sunday, said Montales.

Authorities have confirmed 49 cases of the novel coronavirus in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte declared Monday a state of public health emergency to arrest the pathogen's spread.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday classified COVID-19 as a pandemic, as cases rose to more than 124,000, with over 4,500 deaths.