House deputy speaker, mayor wife test positive for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 1) — House Deputy Speaker and Basilan Representative Mujiv Hataman has confirmed that he and his wife Isabela City Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman have tested positive for COVID-19.

The deputy speaker said they are now undergoing self-quarantine at home and are following strict health and safety protocols.

Mayor Turabin-Hataman said in a video on her Facebook page that they both took a swab test on Thursday and the results came out positive on Friday. They are also waiting for the test results of their children.

Turabin-Hataman said that they both had their swab tests taken at a private laboratory hence the quick release of the results.

The mayor said they both experienced mild symptoms such as cough and slight fever, but are feeling better at the moment.

“Walang symptoms na kailangan i-treat sa hospital, dito lang kami. We will continue to manage at patakbuhin ang LGU from here,” she added.

[Translation: There are no symptoms that need to be treated at the hospital, so we will stay at home. We will continue to manage and run the LGU from here.]

Contract tracing efforts are already being done, the couple said.