MANILA - Another male employee of the House of Representatives tested positive for coronarivus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the chamber's secretary general confirmed Tuesday.
The employee worked at the chamber's printing service, secretary general Jose Luis Montales said in a statement, the same department where the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the lower House also belonged.
The first patient, who had no known recent travel history and exposure to a novel coronavirus carrier, died Sunday, March 15.
The chamber's second COVID-19 case last reported for work on March 5, went on leave on March 6 and admitted to a hospital on March 7 due to dengue, Montales said.
Doctors tested the House employee for novel coronavirus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, from March 12 to 14. It turned out positive on Tuesday, March 17.
"Our prayers will come a long way for him. Let us keep praying for his recovery and for his family’s health," Montales said.
All personnel in the House's printing service were required to undergo self-quarantine while disinfection procedures were implemented at the Batasan Complex.
As of Tuesday, the Philippines has recorded 187 cases of COVID-19. It was not immediately clear if the House employee is part of the current tally.