Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 27) — Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad is among the 116 personnel of the Office of Civil Defense who have contracted COVID-19, spokesperson Mark Timbal said on Friday.
Timbal said the OCD chief, who is fully vaccinated, has mild symptoms and undergoing quarantine.
It was confirmed on Thursday that 116 personnel or 30% of OCD’s staff were infected, prompting officials to close down the OCD headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City until August 30 to pave the way for disinfection activities.
The central office has a total of 380 workers, and 218 of them underwent COVID-19 tests. The OCD is waiting for the results of 85 staff.
Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration also closed its main building in Muntinlupa City on Friday for disinfection activities after 29 workers tested positive for COVID-19.