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Comelec official contracts Covid-19, is critical


A ranking official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has contracted the corona virus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and is in critical condition in an undisclosed hospital, according to Commissioner Rowena Guanzon.

“One of our Directors is now in the hospital in critical condition due to Covid-19. Please help us pray for his recovery,” said Guanzon on Friday in her Twitter post.

Guanzon neither disclosed the identity nor detailed the circumstances of how the poll official got the virus.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez has said that the poll body’s main office at the Palacio del Gobernador, and the Offices of the Regional Election Director (ORED) of National Capital Region (NCR), Region 4-A (Calabarzon) and Region 4-B (Mimaropa) at the FEMII Building, including office vehicles, were being subjected to weekly disinfection and decontamination activities to ensure the safety of its personnel and the public, in line with the Department of Health (DOH) Memorandum 2020-0220 and Civil Service Commission (CSC) MC 10 s. 2020.

“In light of this, we would like to assure the public that the delivery of services will not be hampered as we do our part in preventing the further spread of the virus,” Jimenez said.

Two weeks ago, former Comelec chiefs Sixto Brillantes and Benjamin Abalos also fell victims to the dreaded disease.

It was reported that Brillantes was found positive following a swab test on July 22, and was intubated three days later because his oxygen level was unstable despite medication.

Abalos and his wife, Corazon, also both tested for Covid-19 and were recovering in an undisclosed hospital, according to their daughter-in-law Mandaluyong Mayor Menchie Abalos.


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