Supreme Court reports first COVID-19 case


Posted at Mar 26 2020 01:52 PM

MANILA - A staff of a Supreme Court justice has tested positive for COVID-19, the high court said Thursday.

The SC immediately contacted all court personnel who may have been exposed to the said staff, court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said in a statement.

"So far, they are all ok and in good health," he said.

The patient is the first reported case for the judiciary. In the legislative branch, at least 3 senators and a lawmaker have been infected with the virus: Senators Miguel Zubiri, Aquilino Pimentel III and Sonny Angara and ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap.

The senators attended a March 5 hearing where a COVID-19 patient was as a resource person. Yap said he met with Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, who had contact with a resource person who tested positive for COVID-19.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Philippines recorded 636 patients of COVID-19, including 38 fatalities and 26 recoveries.

--With a report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News