The number of reported COVID-19 cases in the House of Representatives continues to rise.
On Thursday, two more employees, both from the Engineering Department, were added to the House COVID-19 cases, making them the No. 61 and No. 62, respectively.
Secretary General Jose Luis Montales said the two employees reported for work on August 24 and 25, prompting the immediate tracing of employees they may had close contact with.
“They were identified as close contacts of a confirmed case who is also from their department,” said Montales
Earlier, Montales disclosed that one of the three COVID-19 cases who tested positive last week worked at the Transportation Service and reported for work on August 24 and 25.
Of the 62 COVID-19 cases, only 15 remain active as of Thursday.
Northern Samar Rep. Paul Daza was the latest congressman to test positive for the dreaded disease. Daza, who remains in the list of active cases, was the 6th House member to reveal his COVID-19 condition.
“Sadly, I share the news that I was diagnosed as COVID-19 positive yesterday, August 25. I am not hospitalized and look forward to being discharged upon clearance by my doctors,” Daza said in a statement released earlier.
Senior Citizens Party-list Rep. Francisco Datol Jr. was the lone fatality among congressmen who were infected.
Others who tested positive for COVID-19 were Deputy Speakers Johnny Pimentel and Mujiv Hataman, Reps. Samier Tan of Sulu and Henry Villarica of Bulacan.