DepEd official who attended national event tests positive for COVID-19

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Erratum: The first version of the article mentioned Iligan City, Lanao del Norte instead of Ilagan City, Isabela. The article has been updated already. We apologize for the mistake.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) — A Department of Education schools division official in Mandaluyong City has tested positive for COVID-19, DepEd reported Friday.

It said the test result was released Wednesday, adding the patient is confined in a hospital.

The Education Department said the official attended competition events at the National Festival of Talents or NFOT held in Ilagan City, Isabela  from March 9 to 13. Thousands of public and private school students participated in the said national event.

Contact tracing is being done, it added.

"As he visited some competition events at the NFOT, we also checked on updates of our precautionary home quarantine of NFOT and NSPC (National Schools Press Conference) delegates... Overall we have monitored a small number of participants that were classified as PUIs, but there is no link that can be established to the patient," it said in a statement.

DepEd also said the patient's colleagues are not showing respiratory symptoms.

Philippines has a total of 707 confirmed cases, 45 deaths, and 28 recoveries.