PH diplomat in UN positive for virus

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday confirmed that a female Filipino diplomat in New York tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“Yes, one of our diplomats at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York has tested positive for COVID. The necessary health and safety protocols have been implemented,” DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Menez told reporters.

Reports said the diplomat attended a meeting at the UN headquarters on Monday for about half an hour and began showing symptoms on Tuesday.

This prompted the shutdown of the Philippine Center in New York where several Philippine government offices are housed, including the Philippine Mission.

“The Philippine Center on 5th Avenue was shut down for disinfecting process and personnel (are) on self-quarantine,” he said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., in a tweet said the diplomat is now doing well.

“She’s young, spritely, smart and taking some doctor prescribed meds,” he said.

The Philippine Consulate General in New York suspended its consular operations because of this development.

“Following standard operating procedure, Consulate General officers and staff will self-quarantine for the protection of the community. As a result of this development, PCGNY suspends its operations until further notice,” Consul General Claro Cristobal said in a statement.