Labor Secretary Bello tests positive for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 17)— Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has tested positive for COVID-19, his office disclosed on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Labor Department said Bello is asymptomatic and currently under quarantine in his hometown in Ilagan City, Isabela.

The Cabinet official — who is fully vaccinated — underwent the test on Saturday.

“Even while in isolation, the secretary continues to discharge his functions,” DOLE said.

Bello reminded the public to abide by health protocols amid the continued threat of COVID-19, which has infected over 1.7 million people in the country.