CNN Philippines suspends airing after building employee catches COVID-19

CNN Philippines announced Wednesday it would temporarily go off air after an employee in its office building tested positive for COVID-19.

The outlet made the decision after receiving a report that there was one confirmed case at the building where its office was located. CNN Philippines headquarters at Worldwide Corporate Center in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong.

The building’s management “will disinfect the premises as soon as possible,” said CNN Philippines, in a statement.

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CNN Philippines suspends airing after building employee catches COVID-19

“This means that we will be off air for at least 24 hours,” it added.

It also said many of its staff had been isolated and working from home for more than two weeks now as part of their preparation during this emergency.

CNN Philippines will continue to provide news through its website and social platforms.

As of this writing, the Philippines now has 187 confirmed cases of with 12 fatalities.

Mandaluyong set to release employees’ 13th-month pay

Meanwhile, the local government of Mandaluyong on Wednesday ordered the early of its employees’ 13th-month pay to assist them during Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

“Mandaluyong City Menchie Abalos has ordered the release of the 13th-month pay of City Hall employees,” Mandaluyong City Public Information Office posted.

The local government is also working on giving benefits for casual employees and job order employees.

Some six confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mandaluyong, according to their health department; 9 people are considered under investigation, and 201 are persons under monitoring.