Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr. is in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 through an antigen test and awaiting confirmation result from a swab test.
Army Col. Ramon Zagala, AFP spokesperson said Faustino is in stable condition.
“I think based on the report I received he is okay, it’s just for safety reasons (that’s why) he is self-isolating,” Zagala said during the virtual meet and greet with members of the Defense Press Corps Monday morning.
Faustino’s close contacts were also tested and are currently in isolation.
Zagala said the media’s virtual meet and greet with Faustino would be rescheduled once the chief had been cleared of the disease.
Faustino’s attendance at the US Indo-Pacific Command meeting Monday afternoon would depend on the results of Faustino’s RT-PCR test results.
“We’ll just have to wait, we will know the results at 3 p.m. of the RT-PCR. We will just keep you posted on the details,” Zagala said.
Military personnel infected with Covid-19 has reached 15,625 cases, with 1,526 active cases and 13,636 recovered, and 31 deaths as of Aug. 21.