MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday, January 10, confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 for the third time.
Año, 60, is vice chair of the government’s coronavirus task force, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, or IATF.
“After several of my close contacts had tested positive, last night I also received a positive COVID-19 RT-PCR test result,” said Año.
According to the interior chief, he is asymptomatic.
“Thankfully, I remain asymptomatic as of now. I will continue to work while isolating. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and boostered as soon as possible, and to continue following health protocols,” Año added.
On the same day that Año tested positive for the third time, the Philippines tallied 33,169 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since the pandemic started. In Metro Manila, the spike of COVID-19 infections is an “indication of massive and uncontrolled community transmission” of the Omicron variant, said infectious diseases specialist Dr. Rontgene Solante. – Rappler.com