House lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 25) -  House Committee on Appropriations chairperson Eric Yap disclosed on Wednesday that he tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

He is the first member of the House of Representatives who got infected with the coronavirus.

The ACT-CIS Party-list representative said that he underwent a test last March 15 after he had interactions with people who had contact with people who were later found positive for the virus.

Yap said that it was the Department of Health who confirmed his results.

The lawmaker said that he attended a meeting in Malacanang last March 21 and also attended the special session of Congress on COVID-19 last March 23.

“Humihingi ako ng patawad at pag-unawa mula sa mga taong nakasalamuha ko. I was paranoid dahil may kaunting ubo akong naramdaman but I felt it was normal for me,” said Yap in a statement.

[Translation: I’m asking for forgiveness and understanding from everyone I have encountered with. I was paranoid because I had a slight coughing, but I felt it was normal for me.]

Other politicians who have caught the virus include Senators Miguel Zubiri and Koko Pimentel.

Meanwhile, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go said he will undergo self-quarantine after he interacted recently with Yap.

Majority of the senators chose to go into a 14-day home quarantine early this month after a resource person during a committee hearing later tested positive for COVID-19.

Despite being asymptomatic, other senators underwent testing but turned out negative of the virus.