DepEd secretary Briones tests positive for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 9) - Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones confirmed on Thursday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Briones is the second Cabinet member to get infected with COVID-19, after Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.

In a statement, Briones said the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine confirmed to her the test results on late Wednesday afternoon.

The education secretary said that it was her second test after Año tested positive with the highly-infectious virus on March 31.

Her first test was conducted last March 13 after a number of executive committee members were exposed to a patient who tested positive for COVID-19.

Briones noted that she is asymptomatic as her body temperature remains normal.

“I am going on isolation. However, like my fellow Cabinet member, I will continue working -- virtually attend IATF meetings, preside over the DepEd Execom and Mancom, and make all decisions necessary to keep DepEd in full operation,” she said.

She also asked those who had physical contact with her to go on self-quarantine at home. Briones added that DepEd has already coordinated with the Department of Health for the contact tracing and other necessary protocols regarding her case.