Rep. Eric Yap is Negative for COVID-19-RITM Apologizes

The hospital says it was an "encoding error."
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Rep. Eric Go Yap does not have COVID-19. 

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine issued an apology to the lawmaker for its earlier pronouncement that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We wish to publicly apologize to Cong. Eric Go Yap of ACT-CIS Partylist for forwarding a report of his COVID-19 results that displayed a clerical oversight,” it said. “Rep. Yap remains negative of COVID-19.”

RITM explained that the incident was caused by “an encoding error which was discovered late last night” by the hospital’s Molecular Biology Laboratory (MBL).”

“We maintain that our testing process is compliant with the World Health Organization (WHO) protocol, and that our results remain accurate despite this incident. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing procedure still stands as the gold standard in detecting the genetic sequence of the SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19.”

Yap had earlier said that that he was tested for COVID-19 on March 15 after suffering from a cough for about two weeks. He received the results 10 days later, on March 25.


“Again, we profusely and sincerely apologize to Hon. Eric Go Yap for the unnecessary discomfort this incident has caused. The individual responsible for the incident was enlisted as an augmentation staff from outside the regular workforce of the laboratory. Said employee is already being dealt with administratively.

RITM further said that it has reviewed all the results it had already forwarded to the concerned parties and maintains that the one of Rep Yap is an isolated case.

“We have also added another layer of verification for all succeeding reports we will submit. We promise that this, and other associated incidents, will never happen again,” it said.


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