MANILA - Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia has gone on self-quarantine, joining a list of senior officials who have taken this precaution amid the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
NEDA said Pernia was in the same meeting with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 although he had no close contact with this person.
The agency said it is tracing officials and employees who were with the person confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 during two separate meetings held last March 5 and 6, 2020.
"All concerned NEDA officials and employees who came in close contact with (were within one meter from) the said virus-infected persons were also advised to go on self-quarantine," NEDA said in a statement.
It also advised all of its personnel exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The agency has suspended work at the NEDA Central Office until March 13 as the building gets disinfected.
NEDA said it will resume regular operations on Monday March 16, but will adopt flexible work arrangements to limit staff exposure to health risks.