Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte tests positive for COVID-19

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2020 11:00 AM | Updated as of Jul 08 2020 12:35 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte leads the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa” program ceremonial roll out held at the NHA compound in Quezon City, May 20, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said Wednesday she tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), despite practicing health protocols.

"Nais ko pong ipahayag sa lahat ng aking minamahal na QCitizens na ako po ay nag-positibo sa aking huling COVID-19 test," she said in a statement posted on the Quezon City government Facebook page.

(I would like to announce to my dear constituents that I have tested positive in my last COVOD-19 test.)

Belmonte, who is asymptomatic, said she has been following the quarantine protocols set by the Department of Health. 

"Nangyari po ito sa kabila ng aking ibayong pag-iingat, pagsusuot ng face mask, madalas na paghugas ng kamay, at social distancing. Kaya sana ay magsilbi itong paalala na ang COVID-19 ay tunay na isang kakaibang sakit na dapat pag-ingatan pa nang lubusan," she added.

(This happened even if I have been very careful, despite wearing face mask and frequent handwashing, and social distancing. May this serve as a reminder that this disease is really something else.) 

Belmonte said her office and common areas in the Quezon City Hall have been closed for disinfection.

Belmonte said she was not surprised that she contracted the virus, following visits to health centers and hospitals, and other lockdown areas.

"Batid na naming posibleng mangyari ito. Pero hindi ko po ito pinagsisisihan. Inihanda ko na po ang aking sarili at buong puso ko po itong tinatanggap," she said. 

(I knew the possibility. But I don't regret it. I have prepared myself and I wholeheartedly accept this challenge.)

Despite the diagnosis, the official assured her constituents that she would remain on top of the city's needs.

"Bagama't limitado ang aking pagkilos, mananatili po akong nakatutok sa kalagayan at pangangailangan ng buong Quezon City," she said.

(Even though my movement is limited, I would remain on top of the situation in Quezon City.)

The Department of Health earlier said that it was monitoring Quezon City due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Based on the health department's website, the city has the most number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila as of July 4 at 3,420, and the second most number of infections in the country.