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MICP employee tested positive for COVID-19, Customs says

An employee of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) disclosed on Wednesday. 

In a press statement, the BOC said contact tracing was already conducted to determine who were those individuals who had direct contact with the MICP employee. 

Those who had direct contact with the said employee were advised to undergo self-quarantine, the BOC said. 

The BOC added that the said port would temporarily be closed as the entire MICP building will be disinfected. 

Meanwhile, BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said unaffected units of the MICP, which include those that facilitate vessel boarding, examination of goods, and X-ray examination, will still function. 

Guerrero further said all MICP importation would still be processed by its personnel and employees.

He advised stakeholders to use the Customer Care Portal (CCP) to submit their documents and process their transactions as well as to utilize the Goods Declaration and Verification System (GDVS) to monitor the status of their shipments.

The BOC chief also ordered the Port of Manila to assist the MICP while the latter's port is being disinfected. 

Latest data from the Department of Health stated that the Philippines has 552 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of that number, 35 already died while 20 others have recovered.

The DOH also reported that 704 have tested negative for the disease.

READ: COVID-19 Dashboard: Summary of Cases in the Philippines

—Anna Felicia Bajo/KG, GMA News