MANILA, Philippines – Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade will undergo self-quarantine after an “exposure” with a person who tested positive with coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade will be on self-quarantine following exposure to a person who recently tested positive for COVID-19,” Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran told reporters late Wednesday, March 11.
Tugade is the second Cabinet secretary to go on self-quarantine, after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said he “shook hands” with a coronavirus patient.
Libiran, who is always with Tugade, will go on self-quarantine as well.
Asked for the details of the “exposure,” Libiran declined to give further comments, aside from Tugade being with the person on March 5 and March 6.
“He was exposed last week. We learned of the person to be confirmed COVID-19 positive late this afternoon,” Libiran said.
She said the transportation chief will submit himself for testing “if the need arises.”