3 more MMDA employees test positive for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 9) — The Metro Manila Development Authority said three more of its personnel tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

"Yung pinaka-latest po na tally o bilang ng mga natamaan ng COVID sa aming agency una po yung apat, nasundan po ng dalawa kahapon, kanina po...may tatlo pong nadagdag doon sa nagpositibo sa COVID," MMDA Spokesperson Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago said.

[Translation: The latest tally of people from our agency is there was the initial four, and then followed by two yesterday, and there are three more people today who tested positive for COVID.]

On Tuesday, the MMDA said work at the agency would be suspended on Thursday and Friday to disinfect their offices and no one would be allowed to enter the premises during this period.

At today's Laging Handa briefing, Pialago said the disinfection would be until Sunday.

In a statement, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said, “We assure the public that our offices will resume operations as soon as we have completed the sanitation and disinfection of our all offices by Monday."

Despite the closure of the offices, Pialago said traffic management work would still continue.

"Ang disinfection...ay tatagal hanggang Linggo, by then siguro pwede nang mag-back to normal ang operations, lalo na yung ilang mga opisina. Pero paglilinaw lang...yung traffic management, yung mga enforcers po natin, tuluy-tuloy sa trabaho since meron naman tayong mga base at offices po sa iba't-ibang major thoroughfares," she said.

[Translation: The disinfection will be until Sunday, and operations may be back to normal by then, especially some offices. But traffic management and our enforcers will continue with their work since have bases and offices at various major thoroughfares.]

As of Wednesday, the country has logged 50,359 COVID-19 cases.