RITM test clears congressman of novel coronavirus infection

MANILA Teachers Party-List Representative Virgilio Lacson has tested negative for the novel coronavirus, House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales said in a statement Thursday evening.

He said “initial screenings showed positive results.”

The sample was brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for confirmation.

The RITM relayed the result to Lacson Thursday evening, Montales said.

Earlier Thursday, Isabela Representative Antonio Albano said he was going into home quarantine because he was exposed to ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Go Yap and another congressman who have been found positive for the new coronavirus.

He was apparently referring to Lacson as the unnamed congressman.

Yap, for his part, announced Wednesday evening that he was informed by RITM only on Wednesday.

Yap, who chairs the committee on appropriations, presided the committee hearing on the Department of Health’s supplemental budget on March 10.

At the time, he said he had already been coughing but had to work because of the urgent need to finance DOH programs against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Yap also attended a meeting at the Malacañang on March 21 regarding the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. He also attended the special session at the Congress on March 23, to deliberate on the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which gives President Rodrigo Duterte special powers to deal with the pandemic. (MVI/SunStar Philippines)


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