House of Representatives confirms 8th COVID-19 case

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 27 2020 05:43 PM

MANILA - The House of Representative on Saturday said that one of its staff tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), becoming the chamber's 8th confirmed case.

In a statement, House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales said the staffer, who was not identified, was in Quezon City from June 17 to 23. 

He said the patient, currently in the province, had stayed in the staff house and visited House premises once and had interacted with some people. 

"He was in Quezon City from June 17-23 during which he stayed in the staff house and visited their office once. He interacted mainly with his fellow staff member, Chief of Staff, and consultant," Montales said in a statement. 

The chief of staff has tested negative from the virus while the two others exposed to the patient "are yet to be tested."

Both are currently in isolation and are being monitored.

The report came amid preparations for the President's annual State of the Nation Address (SONA), held traditionally at the Batasang Pambansa complex. 

On Friday, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said he had heard of talk among some lawmakers that the SONA may be held at the Batasang Pambansa, but with strict physical distancing because of the virus outbreak. 

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri earlier said that the President's annual SONA may no longer be conducted "as usual" due the virus threat, with the report to the nation possibly delivered from Malacañang through videoconferencing.

As of Saturday, the Philippines has recorded over 34,800 cases of COVID-19.