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    Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri tests positive for COVID-19

    MANILA, Philippines – Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), he announced on Facebook Monday, March 16.

    Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri tests positive for COVID-19
    Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri admits he tested positive for COVID-19. Photo Credit: Manila Bulletin

    "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," the senator said.

    READ: Duterte declares "enhanced community quarantine" for entire Luzon

    Zubiri said he is currently asymptomatic or not showing any symptom of coronavirus. "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 is among the 10 senators who placed themselves on self-quarantine after a resource person who attended a recent Senate committee hearing tested positive for COVID-19.
    My decision to self quarantine last Wednesday evening after session was the best decision I made and could have protected my family from contamination.

    As one of those very early on in the Senate who espoused and advocated for stronger Government response on controlling Covid 19, i was very careful in my dealings with people at work in the Senate.

    The senator said he is practicing social distancing, a recommendation by the Health department as one of the safety measures against the spread of the virus.

    "I practiced social distancing as well as a no handshake policy but yet i got contaminated. How, i do not know. This just goes to show how easily this virus is spread and therefore it is best for everyone to stay home and stay clean."

    He said he will be tested again in 10 days to see if he recovers from the viral disease.
    As for me i will stay locked in isolation for 10 more days until i get checked once again with hopefully a negative result.

    He also encouraged Filipinos to follow mandate of the government and to stay at home amid this crisis.

    I hope my coming out will show how dangerously infectious this virus is. Sa aking mga Kababayans, makinig po tayo sa mga babala nang Gobyerno at wag na po kayo lumabas sa inyong mga tahanan. God bless us all."

    To my dear fellow Filipinos, my Kababayans. It is with sadness that i announce that I am positive for Covid 19. I had a...
    Posted by Juan Miguel Zubiri on Monday, March 16, 2020

    — The Summit Express

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