There is no outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the House of Representatives following the result of the mass testing conducted from November 10 to 20 that showed 98 were infected.
However, an official of the House said the 98 who tested positive contracted the virus from their respective communities.
House Secretary General Mark Llando Mendoza said the mass testing initiated by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco gave the legislative chamber a true picture of the Covid-19 situation in the legislative chamber, allowing it to determine the courses of action to prevent the spread of the virus in its premises.
“Rest assured, as instructed by Speaker Velasco, the safety of all members and employees of the House is our number one priority,” Mendoza said during the weekly Ugnayan sa Batasan media forum.
The 98 positive cases represent nearly 5 percent of the 2,000 House members and employees who underwent reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. Almost all of those who tested positive were asymptomatic.
Mendoza said that those 98 are considered the baseline for future mass testing that will be conducted in Congress.
Prior to the mass testing in November, the previous House leadership in Congress merely conducted testing for those exhibiting symptoms.
The November mass testing was the first conducted in the House since the pandemic began in March. SOVEREIGNPH