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.