Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta today revealed that he tested negative of COVID-19 after traveling to the Netherlands early this month and later on showing symptoms of the disease.
Chief Justice Peralta made this statement as he reassured the officials and employees of the Judiciary, as well as the general public, that he is continuing his work from home and that he is closely monitoring the situation of the courts throughout the country.
Chief Justice Peralta together with the Philippine Delegation went on an official business trip from March 1 to 7, 2020 to The Hague, Netherlands to attend the The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) General Affairs and Policy Meeting, to witness the deposit of the instrument of accession to the HCCH Service Convention, and to receive a briefing from HCCH Officials on conventions of interest to the Court. He did not get tested upon arrival as he showed no symptoms. However, when Chief Justice Peralta showed symptoms such as persistent coughing, he then went on self quarantine in his residence, and was advised by doctors to be tested for the COVID 19 considering also the fact that he travelled to a COVID infected country as per the guidelines of the Department of Health (DOH).
As of March 19, 2020, the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report – 59 issued by the World Health Organization shows that the Netherlands has 2,051 confirmed cases.