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DOLE chief Bello tests positive for COVID-19

Aika Rey
DOLE chief Bello tests positive for COVID-19

POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a Rappler Talk interview.

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is asymptomatic and in isolation in his hometown of Ilagan City, Isabela

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is infected with COVID-19, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Tuesday, August 17.

In a statement, DOLE said Bello is asymptomatic and “remains on top of his health.”

The labor chief had visited several areas in the Philippines before getting infected.

“Prior to contracting the virus, the secretary has been receiving officials and guests at his office and traveled to various parts of the country distributing assistance to displaced and disadvantaged formal and informal sector workers affected by the pandemic,” DOLE said.

Bello is in isolation in his hometown of Ilagan City, Isabela, where his COVID-19 test was conducted. He was tested last Saturday, August 14.

DOLE said Bello continues to work even during isolation.

Other officials who were in close contact with the labor chief are undergoing quarantine. – Rappler.com

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.