3 DOJ workers positive for coronavirus in rapid testing: chief

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 09 2020 02:47 PM

MANILA - Two security guards and a maintenance personnel at the Department of Justice (DOJ) tested positive for the coronavirus based on rapid test kits, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.

They have been asked to stop reporting for work pending the result of their confirmatory swab test, he said.

"If confirmed positive, they'd be brought to a hospital for proper treatment," Guevarra said.

The rest of DOJ workers reporting for work will undergo rapid testing until Wednesday with the help of medical personnel from the Chinese General Hospital, he added.

The agency has around 750 employees but it is not immediately clear how many are working on site as it implemented work from home arrangements for others, DOJ spokesperson Markk Perete said.

Those who will test positive will undergo a 14-day quarantine while waiting for the results of a confirmatory PCR test for the coronavirus.

"We've disinfected the premises over the weekend and we'll do it all over again. We'll also decide if we need to suspend all work on site in the meantime," Guevarra said.