WITH two more confirmed cases of coronavirus diease, the House of Representatives now has a total of 42 employees infected with COVID-19.
Senior Citizens party-list Rep. Francisco Datol, who died of CoVID-19 according to his staff, was not included in the record.
Yesterday, the House Secretary General office reported that two employees tested positive for COVID-19.
“The first is from the Committee on Rules. She reported for work from July 20 to August 5 and got tested after experiencing some symptoms including loss of sense of smell and decreased sense of taste,” report said.
“The second is from the Grounds Maintenance Group. He reported for work from July 20 to 30. He is a close contact of an officemate who was earlier confirmed to be COVID-19 positive. He is asymptomatic,” it added.
Contact tracing is ongoing, the office said.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives suspended the session yesterday and will resume on Monday, August 17.
In a separate statement, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said session is suspended following the clamor of House employees who report to work regularly despite the recent upsurge of COVID 19 cases in Metro Manila.
The session break will allow ample time for a thorough disinfection of all offices and facilities in the House of Representatives and give employees a brief respite from the aggravation caused by the spike in COVID cases.
The session break will also enable the various committees of the House of Representative to fast-track the reporting out of all COVID-related measures for plenary consideration when we resume session, Romualdez said.
Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman and wife Isabela Mayor Sitti Djalma have recovered from COVID-19.
In his social media account, Hataman expressed gratitude to those who offered prayers for their quick recovery.
“Maraming salamat sa inyong mga dasal. Ako at ang aking maybahay na si Mayor Dadah ay magaling na, maganda na ang pakiramdam at wala na ang kahit na anong sintomas ng virus. Kami din ay nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng mga nagpaabot ng mensaheng nagpapalakas sa aming loob,” the Basilian congressman said.
"Sa mga nag-alaga sa amin sa ospital at sa mga magagaling na doktor at nars na umalalay sa amin, tanggapin niyo ang aming taos-pusong pasasalamat. Kami po ay na-release na from quarantine!” he added.
Meanwhile, the tests of their children turned out to be negative.
Hataman encouraged those who tested positive to come forward and make themselves known so that those they have encountered will immediately be alerted.