SECRETARY Bernie F. Cruz of the Department of Agrarian Reform is the latest Cabinet official to test positive for coronavirus amid a fresh surge that is largely within the capital region and surrounding areas. 

“I am very thankful that I remain asymptomatic. I am in quarantine now and following the established health protocols to protect everyone,” Mr. Cruz said in a media release Thursday.

In a memorandum released by the department, Mr. Cruz said his test came back positive on Monday before attending a scheduled land distribution ceremony in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro. 

He said persons he was in contact with prior to and on the day of his RT-PCR test are “all well and all [tested] negative of the virus.”

He said he will continue working remotely. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson