NINETY-EIGHT individuals were found positive for the coronavirus disease following the mass testing conducted by the House of Representatives, according to the lower chamber’s Secretary General Mark Llandro Mendoza.
The number is almost 5 percent of the 2,000 lawmakers and employees who had undergone reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing.
Mendoza said the mass testing was ordered by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.
“It’s the first time a mass testing was conducted in the House since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic in March, and this happened less than one month after Speaker Velasco assumed office,” he said.
The 98 cases were in addition to the 80 Covid-19 cases that were registered from March to November 10. Two lawmakers and three employees died of the respiratory disease.