Philippine senator tests positive for coronavirus

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), he announced to reporters on Monday night, March 16.

Zubiri, the first high-ranking legislative official to contract the virus, said in a statement that he didn’t know how he got COVID-19. Zubiri got tested last Friday, March 13.

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“This afternoon, I received a call from Secretary [Francisco Duque III] on my condition. My heart sank with what he had said but Im uplifted with the fact that I am asymptomatic and have no fever or cough, nor am I weak or have any headaches,” Zubiri said.

Zubiri had voluntarily isolated himself, after learning that Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Senator Nancy Binay had exposure to a COVID-19 patient at a Senate hearing on March 5.

“I was very careful in my dealings with people at work in the Senate. I practised social distancing as well as a no-handshake policy yet I got contaminated. How? I do not know,” the majority leader said.


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