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Duterte’s Presidential Assistant for the Visayas positive for COVID-19

Ryan Macasero
Duterte’s Presidential Assistant for the Visayas positive for COVID-19

VISAYAS SECRETARY. Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Mike Dino at a recent event

Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Facebook page

In a Facebook post, Cebu City-based Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino confirms he has tested positive for the virus

Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino confirmed past midnight on Monday, February 15 that he tested positive for COVID-19.

“I was exposed to a positive individual and am under isolation after testing positive on Feb 14, Sunday, for SARS-CoV-2,” Dino said. 

“I am urging those who have come in close contact with me recently to have themselves tested for probable infection with COVID-19,” he added. 

Dino’s office is based in Cebu City and is active in coronavirus response in the Visayas region.

Cebu City has consistently ranked the highest number of daily new coronavirus cases over the past week. 

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As of Sunday evening, February 14, Cebu City reported 218 new coronavirus cases, bringing the active cases to 2,993 out of a total 14,822 cases. 

Department of Health Central Visayas officials previously said they were not discounting the possibility that the more infectious UK variant of the virus was already present in Cebu, although the Philippine Genome Center has not yet detected the variant in any of the 70 samples recently sent from Cebu. – Rappler.com

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at ryan.macasero@rappler.com