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    QC mayor Joy Belmonte tests positive for COVID-19

    MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said she has tested positive for COVID-19.

    In a statement released by the Quezon City government on Wednesday, Mayor Belmonte said that while it is unfortunate that she is a COVID-19 patient, she still feels lucky it was found out early.

    QC mayor Joy Belmonte tests positive for COVID-19
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    Mayor Belmonte said, "Nais ko pong ipahayag sa lahat ng aking minamahal na QCitizens na ako po ay nag-positibo sa aking huling COVID-19 test. Nagpapasalamat po ako na agad itong natuklasan."

    Despite feeling well and asymptomatic, Mayor Belmonte said she will strictly follow the quarantine protocols of the Department of Health. The Quezon Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QC-ESU) have also started their contact tracing procedures.

    Mayor Belmonte also ordered the temporary closure of the common areas of City Hall for disinfection.

    The city leader said it is possible she contracted the disease by visiting health centers and hospitals. Mayor Belmonte said she doesn't regret doing any of it.

    "Dahil sa pagdalaw sa ating mga health center at ospital, special concern lockdown areas at mga komunidad upang alamin ang kanilang mga pangangailangan, sa simula pa lang, batid na naming posibleng mangyari ito. Pero hindi ko po ito pinagsisisihan. Inihanda ko na po ang aking sarili at buong puso ko po itong tinatanggap," she said.

    Mayor Belmonte added that she has practiced the necessary precaution but still got infected. She said may her situation be a reminder for the public to take care of our own health.


    "Nangyari po ito sa kabila ng aking ibayong pag-iingat, pagsusuot ng facemask, madalas na paghugas ng kamay, at social distancing. Kaya sana ay magsilbi itong paalala na ang COVID-19 ay tunay na isang kakaibang sakit na dapat pag-ingatan pa nang lubusan," she said.

    Despite being COVID-19 positive, Mayor Belmonte assured that the local government of Quezon City will continue serving its constituents. "Makasisiguro po kayo na patuloy ang serbisyo at gawain ng inyong lokal na pamahalaan sa kabila ng aking pag-quarantine. Bagama't limitado ang aking pagkilos, mananatili po akong nakatutok sa kalagayan at pangangailangan ng buong Quezon City," she said.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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