Philippine senator tests positive for Covid-19

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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri confirmed on Monday night that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

Juan Miguel Zubiri

According to the senator, the test results were relayed to him by Health Secretary Francisco Duque. He was found to be asymptomatic, meaning that he has yet to show any symptoms of the disease like dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.

“To my dear fellow Filipinos…. It is with sadness that I announce that I am positive for Covid-19. I had a test taken last Friday while on self-quarantine and this afternoon I received a call from Secretary Duque on my condition,” Zubiri said in a message to reporters.

“My heart sank with what he had said but I’m uplifted with the fact that I am asymptomatic and have no fever or cough nor am I weak or have any headaches. My decision to self-quarantine last Wednesday evening after session was the best decision I made and could have protected my Family from contamination,” he added.

Zubiri, who will be 52 in April, is one of the government officials who went into self-quarantine after possible exposure from Covid-19, as one of the Senate’s resource persons was confirmed to be positive for the disease.

As of Monday, there were 140 Covid-19 patients nationwide, 12 of which had died. All over the world, 168,000 individuals had tested positive for Covid019, with at least 6,506 dead.

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