Congressman Martin Romualdez tests positive for COVID-19

POSITIVE. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez.

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The Leyte congressman is set to undergo a second test 'to rule out a false positive result'

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez announced late Wednesday, March 17, that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Romualdez said he is currently in isolation, with his doctor monitoring his condition.

“Let me assure those who are concerned with my physical well-being that I am coping well despite experiencing symptoms of the disease, and that I am in high spirits,” Romualdez said in a statement Wednesday.

The Leyte 1st District representative said he will undergo a second test on Thursday, March 18, “to rule out a false positive result.”

He also urged his close contacts to get tested for the virus.

In November 2020, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Romualdez had already been inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine. Romualdez did not confirm Sotto’s statement.

Despite recording 29 active cases on Tuesday, March 16, plenary hall session continued at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

The House has not implemented a lockdown since the pandemic started, unlike other government offices that have stopped operations for quarantine and disinfection drives. –