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THIRD SENATOR INFECTED | Senator Angara tests positive for COVID-19
March 26, 2020 , 02:57 PM

MARCH 26, 2020 – A third member of the upper chamber of Congress on Thursday announced he has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as the pandemic disease continues to rise in the country.

In a statement, Senator Sonny Angara said he received his tests result on Thursday showing that he had the virus, ten days after a sample was taken from him.

Earlier, Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel acknowledged they also tested positive for the virus.

“I have not been in contact with the public since taking the test last March 16,” Angara said, adding he had symptoms, like mild fever, cough, headaches and general weakness.

“I ask for your prayers that together we are able to pull through this tremendous challenge.”

In the lower chamber of Congress, ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap, chairman of the House Appropriations committee, also said he is now under quarantine for virus infection.

Both Pimentel and Yap are in hot waters for breaching protocols since they took COVID-19 tests.

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The virus has also reached the judiciary, after a staff of Supreme Court Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier got infected.

However, Court spokesman and lawyer Brian Hosaka said all the other staff are in good health.

Many local officials were also infected by the highly-contagious virus that originated from China, including the governor of Rizal province, east of the capital. Police officers and health workers were also getting infected.

Nine doctors had died and many private hospitals are turning away people with coronavirus disease due to overcapacity, lack of personnel, equipment and supplies, like face masks and personal protective suits.

The Philippines also lacked testing kits to conduct mass testing, relying on donations from China and Singapore.

It also has limited laboratories for testing as some people suspected to have the coronavirus disease die without getting testing.

There are more than 9,000 people suspected to have been infected and less than 2,000 were tested.

Based on the latest data, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country jumped to 636 while the death toll hit 38. Twenty-six people were declared cured. (Karen Macalalad/MM)

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