Senior military officer, spouse test positive for COVID-19 - AFP chief


Posted at Mar 24 2020 04:11 PM

MANILA - A senior military officer and his spouse have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Armed Forces' chief said Tuesday.

The two are asymptomatic and have been confined at the V. Luna Medical Center in Quezon City since March 15, AFP chief of staff Felimon Santos Jr. said in a statement.

The military officer has a history of foreign travel, he added.

"They will continue medical treatment until fully recovered and strictly following DOH (Department of Health) imposed protocol for COVID-19 patients," Santos said.

The AFP chief said authorities have conducted contact tracing in the military headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City and put up measures to protect its personnel.

Among these were the closure of several establishments inside the camp except for food stalls and the implementation of work from home measures for Civilian Human Resources.

"Additional thermal scanners and qualified personnel were likewise made available to hasten the process of taking temperature," Santos said.

"We have also directed the availability of a Military Treatment Facility within the camp to cater specifically to AFP personnel manifesting symptoms of COVID-19."