MANILA, Philippines – Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri has on Monday, confirmed he himself has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the lawmaker from Mindanao, the test result was relayed to him by Health Secretary Francisco Duque.
However, the senator remains asymptomatic. This means that he has yet to show any sign associated with the disease like dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.
“To my dear fellow Filipinos, my Kababayans. 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 Sec. Duque on my condition,” Zubiri said in a message to Senate 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,” Zubiri added.
The lawmaker from Mindanao is one of the government officials who went into self-quarantine after possible exposure from COVID-19 when one of the Senate’s resource persons was confirmed to be positive for the disease.
Of this posting Monday, there are 140 COVID-19 patients nationwide, 12 of which have died.
Worldwide, COVID-19 already infected 168,000 individuals and at least 6,506 have died. (ia/sovereignph.com)