Filipina, first diplomat to test positive for COVID-19 at the United Nations
Filipina, first diplomat in the United Nations to test positive for COVID-19
MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed one of the 12 diplomats at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York tested positive for COVID-19.
In a message from the office of Asst. Secretary Eduardo Martin R. Meñez of the Strategic Communications and Research, he said the necessary health and safety protocols have been observed.
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. in a Tweet some two hours ago said the infected diplomat is doing well. He described ger as “young, spritely, smart and talking some doctor prescribed meds.”
He added he just talked with Acting Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations Kira Azucena. The foreign secretary added the diplomat tested positive for COVID-19 after celebrating her birthday with friends during a light rain and “she’d just come from Florida.”
A lockdown has been made at the Philippine mission because Ambassador Azucena wrote they (at the Philippine Mission) “are assuming that all of us have been infected.” A source said the diplomat began manifesting symptoms last Tuesday and that all Filipino diplomats are in self-quarantine.”
No other details were made available as of this writing. (Melo M. Acuña)
Foreign Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. (Twitter photo)