Ninety-eight persons were found to have contracted COVID-19 in a mass testing done at the House of Representatives since November 10, an official said.
From 93 cases on November 8, the mass testing brought the total number of cases to 191 since the lockdown started in March.
Speaker Lord Allan Velasco assured the public that they will continue to operate under strict health and safety protocols, which will be carried out by former Batangas congressman and now House secretary-general Mark Llandro Mendoza.
The 98 COVID-positive individuals represent nearly five percent of 2,000 lawmakers and House employees who underwent swab tests since November 10.
He added, “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.”
Mendoza said almost all those who tested positive were asymptomatic.