MANILA – Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Friday said he is on home quarantine as a precaution following exposure to a lawmaker who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
"Naka work-from-home mode na tayo ngayon kasi nga pinapa-quarantine na tayong lahat gawa nung exposure ng some cabinet members sa isang kongresista," Nograles said in an interview on DZMM.
ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Yap, who announced Wednesday that he tested positive for the virus, had attended a meeting in Malacanang on March 21.
Nograles said they opted to conduct virtual meetings through teleconferencing while on home quarantine.
"Just to be on the safe side, second generation na kasi ang exposure ko. Hindi naman ako fisrt geneation, ganunpaman minabuti na po namin na mag teleconferencing na lang for our continued work sa IATF, tapos work-from-home muna kami hangga't sabihan kami ng health officials na puwede na kaming lumabas muli," he said.
Nograles joins many Filipinos who now conduct work-from-home duties after the entire Luzon province was placed under an enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus.
Aside from Yap, other lawmakers who were infected by COVID-19 are senators Miguel Zubiri, Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel and Sonny Angara; Bulacan 4th District Rep. Henry Villarica.
Other local government officials positive of COVID-19 are Baliuag Mayor Ferdie Estrella; Rizal Governor Nini Ynares; and Naic, Cavite Mayor Junio Dualan.
Meanwhile, Nograles said the Presidential Security Group is taking extra care of the President who will also be celebrating his birthday on Saturday.
"As much as possible ayaw naming may lumapit sa kanya so teleconferencing. Virtual na lang ang pag blow ng cake," he said.
As of Thursday, the Philippines has a total of 707 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of the total, 45 have died and 28 have recovered.