MANILA – Now it can be told.
Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who recently travelled to Spain, has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Marcos received last Saturday from the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine.
Atty. Victor Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesman, said Marcos is getting better while being treated at an undisclosed isolation area.
“Gumaganda na ang kondisyong pangkalusugan ni dating Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. makaraang ihayag sa resulta ng clinical test na isinagawa ng Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) na siya’y positibo sa CoVid19,” Rodriguez said.
Quoting Marcos, Rodriguez said the former senator arrived in the country from Europe (Spain) on Friday, March 13, the day the Metrowide community quarantine was declared by President Duterte.
The following day, the spokesman said, Marcos immediately went to a hospital to have himself checked after he felt difficulty breathing but because there were too many patients awaiting treatment, the former senator decided to go home.
He allegedly went back to the hospital on March 22 for the same symptom and was tested for COVID-19.
“Simula noong Marso 13, 2020 hanggang sa ngayon ay sinusunod ng dating senador ang health protocol sa mga PUI at taimtim at tahimik nyang tinupad ang ipinaiiral na proseso ng gamutan, ‘tulad ng safety mask at self-quarantine, at walang ingay na inilayo ang kanyang sarili maging sa kanyang pamilya ‘gaya ng isang simple, responsable at ordinaryong pasyente,” Rodriquez said.
It may be recalled Bongbong Marcos’s sister in Senator Imee Marcos told the media upon his arrival from Spain that “he is feeling unwell.”
Spain now ranks third with 88,000 cases of coronavirus including 17 thousand recoveries and 8 thousand deaths. (ia/sovereign.com)