Hernani town mayor tests positive for COVID-19

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, January 21) - Hernani, Eastern Samar mayor Amado Candido on Thursday confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Candido and his wife are the latest patients in the municipality, which had its last confirmed coronavirus case on December 11 last year.

Candido said in a statement that he is currently under isolation and recovering.

He encouraged all residents to observe minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks and shields, following social distancing, and proper hand washing.

The municipal building was disinfected immediately after Candido’s test result came out on Wednesday evening.

Candido is the second local chief executive in Eastern Samar province to test positive for COVID-19, after Giporlos Mayor Gilbert Go who got infected in October last year.

Hernani has recorded 20 COVID-19 cases so far, with 18 recoveries.