Lopez tests positive for COVID-19, 4th Cabinet member to get infected

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2020 12:55 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2020 03:24 PM

Lopez tests positive for COVID-19, 4th Cabinet member to get infected 1
Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez gestures as he answers questions on ANC's morning program Headstart. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) — Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the fourth member of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet to contract the virus.

Lopez said he tested positive on Monday. He said he took a test after being exposed to a person with COVID-19 last week. 

The official has not developed symptoms and is in full isolation, he told ABS-CBN News.

Duterte had no recent interaction with Lopez, he said in an online briefing.

Lopez attended a meeting with Duterte last Nov. 20 or 19 days ago, his spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Education Secretary Leonor Briones and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año earlier contracted COVID-19 and recovered. 

The Philippines has confirmed 422,785 coronavirus infections as of Tuesday. 

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