MANILA, Philippines — In a late night text message to reporters, former Special Assistant to the President and now Senator Bong Go said he and President Rodrigo Duterte will subject themselves today, Thursday for COVID-19 tests even as some Cabinet members also announced that they will undergo self-quarantines as they may have been exposed to infected individuals.
As this developed, it was also learned that Malacañang will be temporarily closed today, Thursday for total COVID-19 disinfection the Presidential Security Group announced.
“Pa-test kami ni PRRD (President Duterte) tomorrow (We will submit ourselves for test tomorrow),” Go said on his text message Wednesday night.
Go further explained that the voluntary process for COVID-19 testing is intended to ensure that they are “fit and healthy” to engage the public in the dispensation of their duties.
“Considering that some Cabinet members we engage with regularly have been exposed to individuals who were tested positive of COVID-19 and have decided to undergo self-quarantine, it is just prudent for us to take precautionary measures in compliance with the advice of our health officials,” Go said.
Meanwhile, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade separately announced on Wednesday night that they will undergo self-quarantine after interacting with coronavirus-positive individuals.
Manila mayor Isko Moreno and Senator Nancy Binay also separately announced they will undergo self-quarantines.
The Department of Health claimed the Philippines has 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that first emerged in China’s city of Wuhan in Hubei province in December 29, 2019.
Symptoms of which are fever and cough for most people but it may develop into serious illness such as pneumonia especially for older adults and people with existing health problems.
The Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine National Police, and the National Bureau of Investigation has been ordered “to monitor the price of face masks and alcohol and to prevent hoarding.” (IAmigo/sovereignph.com)