DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones tests positive for COVID-19


MANILA – Secretary of Education Leonor Briones on Thursday, April 9, announced that she tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“As a government official and Cabinet member, and as a Filipino, it is my duty to announce that yesterday, April 8, late afternoon, I was informed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine that I am positive for SARS-COV-2,” Briones said in a statement sent to media.

Briones stated she got tested twice for the coronavirus. She first got tested on March 13, after a number of officials were exposed to a COVID-19 patient. On March 16, the result came back negative.

Her second test was on April 2. “I had myself tested again after another Cabinet member announced he tested and declared positive. He and I attended an urgent and critical meeting of select Cabinet officials on March 23,” she added.

The 79-year-old Briones said that she is aysmptomatic and is now in isolation. “Like my fellow Cabinet member, I will continue working virtually.”

Aside from Briones, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año also tested positve for the virus on March 31.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines registered 3,870 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 182 deaths and 96 recoveries.

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