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House COVID-19 cases climb to 78

By: - Reporter / @KHallareINQ
/ 12:40 PM September 18, 2020
House of Representatives. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

House of Representatives. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the House of Representatives soared to 78 on Friday with the reporting of two new cases.

A statement from House Secretary-General Jose Luis Montales said the two new cases involved a House security staff member and an employee from the Legislative Library Service.

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The security staff member, Montales said, last reported for work on Sept. 7 and 9.

The security staff tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, after experiencing diarrhea, body malaise, and fever, the House Secretary-General added.

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Meanwhile, the employee of the House Legislative Library Service has been working from home since July 24.

She had experienced symptoms after taking care of her brother, who was confined at a hospital due to some injuries, Montales said of the Legislative Library Service employee.

Of the 78 who contracted COVID-19 in the lower chamber of Congress, 10 were members of the House of Representatives.

The latest House member to be infected with COVID-19 was Gabriela Partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas.

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