DOH Secretary Duque Under Quarantine

Staff of DOH Secretary Duque Tests Positive for COVID-19

DOH SECRETARY DUQUE – Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is currently under quarantine after his staff tested positive for COVID-19.

The Philippines continues to battle against the COVID-19 pandemic which visibly requires a more intensified fight now following the emergence of new variants of the virus. The country has logged four (4) cases of the Omicron variant which is a variant of concern now.

The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa., The World Health Organization (WHO) warned countries about this “heavily mutated” version of the virus. Several nations implemented travel bans to fight the spread of the said variant of concern.

In PH, the whole Metro Manila is back under Alert Level 3 due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in several cities in the capital region.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III

Currently, DOH Secretary Duque is also under quarantine. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, a member of the staff of the Health Secretary tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

According to the report, the DOH Secretary has yet to be tested for COVID-19. He is set to undergo COVID-19 testing today and is hoping that the test will yield a negative result. He is not exhibiting any symptoms of coronavirus.

DOH Secretary Duque will be under quarantine for ten (10) days until January 8. During the public briefing, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte jested that the Health Secretary must not get sick or the country will lose its general for health issues.

Aside from Sec. Duque, Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana is also under isolation now. According to the Defense Secretary, he had an exposure to members of his household who tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, the country is at a high risk for coronavirus following the spike in the daily recorded cases. The government continues to encourage the people to get vaccinated.

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