- The Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) made a sad announcement on April 9
- She revealed that she has contracted the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19
- She also mentioned that she is asymptomatic and will undergo self-quarantine
- Despite her condition, the government official said that she will continue to work
Leonor Briones, the current secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd), has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.
KAMI learned that the said government official announced the sad news on Thursday, April 9.
She revealed that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) informed her about the result of her COVID-19 test yesterday.
The Secretary also mentioned that she is asymptomatic and her body temperature, which she checks three times a day, is normal.
She further stated that although she will be in strict quarantine, she will still continue to work and make sure that the education department is in full operation.
“As a government official and Cabinet member and as a Filipino, it is my duty to announce that yesterday late afternoon, April 8, 2020, I was informed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine that I am positive for SARS-COV-2, the causative agent for COVID-19,” she quipped.
“It is my hope and my fervent prayer that we will recover as a nation and that our spirit of bayanihan will pull us through. With God’s grace, we will all heal as one,” she added.
It is in the protocol of the Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contract tracing so that those who were with the official in the past few days will be monitored.
In a previous article by KAMI, the chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
As of April 8, there are already 3,870 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines. 96 of them have recovered while a total of 182 patients passed away.
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