Sen. Sonny Angara, ​Pia Cayetano's staffer test positive for COVID-19

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Senator Sonny Angara (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) — Senator Sonny Angara ​as well as a member of Sen. Pia Cayetano's office have tested positive for COVID-19, ​their offices confirmed Thursday.

Angara is the third senator to have the disease, following earlier announcements made by Senators Migz Zubiri and Koko Pimentel.

Angara said he took the test on March 16 and has remained under isolation. He said he experienced mild fever, cough, headaches, and general weakness while under self-quarantine. ​In a tweet, he thanked netizens for wishing him a speedy recovery. 

Separately, Cayetano's office confirmed that one of her staff members had COVID-19. It is believed that person contracted the disease from someone close to the patient's family. The staffer did not travel abroad recently.

Senate Secretary Myra Marie Villarica said the patient last visited the Senate on March 11, the last day of sessions, but did not set foot in the plenary hall. She clarified that the patient and the rest of Cayetano's staff did not report to work during Monday's special session where the bill granting emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte was discussed.

"The Senate Medical Team, following protocols, has been informed and instructed to begin contact tracing, impose quarantine measures, and give assistance in the testing of our employees as needed," the Senate official said in a statement, adding that Senate President Tito Sotto asked all employees to strictly follow quarantine and social distancing measures.

Several senators have been on self-quarantine since early March after learning that a resource speaker at a committee hearing in the chamber eventually tested positive for COVID-19. Pimentel came under fire this week when netizens learned that he visited a hospital, did grocery shopping, and attended two birthday parties during his supposed 14-day isolation.

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