Richard Gomez tests positive for COVID-19

ORMOC MAYOR. File photo of Mayor Richard Gomez during a previous Rappler Talk episode.

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The mayor says he has mild symptoms

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez has tested positive for COVID-19, the actor and local official confirmed on Saturday, July 17.

Gomez confirmed to Rappler that he contracted the disease but he only had mild symptoms, and that he would need to rest in the meantime.

In a statement he sent to other media, Gomez said he might have contracted the disease because of his work as mayor, as he is exposed to a lot of people.

He also said that he would return to work once his doctors clear him, and urged others to keep safe and vigilant to protect themselves from COVID-19.

The Philippines has recorded 1,496,328 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday, July 16. Of these, 26,476 died while 1,421,3772 have recovered. 

The Philippines also detected 11 local cases of the highly infectious COVID-19 Delta variant on Friday. However, the Department of Health said that while local cases have been detected, local transmission of the Delta variant is not yet confirmed because evidence of the case linkages needs to be established first. –