House Deputy Speaker and Misamis Occidental 2nd District Representative Henry Oaminal announced on Tuesday, May 18, that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“Good afternoon, everyone. I regret to inform you that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I was swabbed after experiencing body malaise and fever,” Oaminal posted on his verified Facebook account.
Oaminal said he had reported his status to the Ozamiz City Health Office. He called on people he interacted with from May 15 onwards to go on quarantine. He last tested positive on May 14.
Oaminal joins a lengthening list of lawmakers who have been infected by the virus, which includes Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor and Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez.
The pandemic has also claimed the life of one lawmaker. Senior Citizens Representative Francisco “Jun” Datol Jr, 71, died in August 2020 after being infected by the virus.
The infections among lawmakers coincide with the high incidence of cases in the Philippines, attributed in part to the slow reopening of the economy and the arrival of more infectious virus variants.
As of Monday, May 17, the Philippines had confirmed a total of 1,149,925 COVID-19 cases, including 1,076,428 recoveries and 19,262 deaths. – Rappler.com