MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte announced on Wednesday that she tested positive for COVID-19.
She clarified that she felt no symptoms so far.
Mayor Joy Belmonte said, “Sa ngayon, maayos po ang aking kalagayan at wala po akong nararamdamang anumang sintomas.”
[Translation: For now, my condition is good and I am not noticing any symptoms. ]
Currently, building administrators of the Quezon City hall have ordered disinfection of the facilities.
Belmonte stated that she already expected this to happen. Given the nature of her work, she had to meet different people and check on health centers across the city.
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One example is the launching of the mobile community testing centers. In this event, she had to meet with local officials and media men.
Mayor Joy Belmonte case a general reminder
Belmonte said that she hopes this serves as a warning to other people. Despite the fast that she followed health protocols, she still acquired the virus.
The city mayor said that she wore face masks, washed her hands, and practiced social distancing.
“I hope this serves as a reminder that COVID-19 is the kind of disease that we should guard against,” Belmonte said in Filipino.
Quezon City has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila. As of now, they have at least 3,793 confirmed cases.
However, the city hall stated that the number of active cases just comprise half of that. They said that the number lies at 1,301.
Recently, 8 more deaths were added to the list. Current city death toll is at 247.
As of now, no other city mayor has announced positive for the novel coronavirus disease.
With the relaxed community quarantine, health authorities are expecting cases to rise up. According to government health advisors, people should prepare for a new strain of COVID-19.
Experts say that this can infect more people with the change in its physical structure.