Mon. Sep 20th, 2021

MANILA – According to reports, Education Secretary Leonor Briones has on Thursday, April 9, 2020 tested positive for coronavirus disease.

“As a government official and Cabinet member, and as a Filipino, it is my duty to announce that yesterday (Wednesday), 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.

It was the second test according to Briones with the first one taken last March 13, after a number of officials were exposed to a COVID-19 patient.

However, on the particular test, the result came out negative.

Then, education chief said, she was tested again on April 2.

“I had myself tested again after another Cabinet member announced the 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 claims she is asymptomatic and is now in isolation. “Like my fellow Cabinet member, I will continue working virtually.”

Briones is the second Cabinet member after Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to have also tested positive for the virus.

As of Wednesday, PH has 3,870 confirmed cases including 182 deaths and 96 recoveries. (Ismael Amigo/

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