Senator Bong Go on Thursday (March 12) announced that he and President Rodrigo Duterte will undergo testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement on Thursday, Go clarified that the testing is only for precautionary measures.
“We are not doing this because we have symptoms of COVID-19; We are doing this to ensure that we are fit and healthy to engage the public and perform our duties in the coming days and weeks,” his statement reads.
The Senator reiterated that he and the President will remain ready to serve the Filipino people.
According to Go, the decision to get tested was because they have been in contact with some Cabinet members that have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19.
Go added that the said Cabinet members already decided to undergo self-quarantine.
“It is just prudent for us to take precautionary measures in compliance with the advice of our health officials,” he said.
Meanwhile, the President already postponed his visit to Boracay amid the COVID-19 situation.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 on Wednesday evening (July 15) to discuss the next steps with regard to the implementation of community quarantine in different parts of the country.
He is expected to decide on the new quarantine status that will take effect on Thursday, July 16.
According to Malacañang, there was no mention in the previous IATF meeting about easing quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila.
Specifically, there was no discussion about the shifting from general community quarantine (GCQ) to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in the National Capital Region considering the increase in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and the full utilization of the region’s critical care capacity.
“Hindi ko po alam dahil sa huling meeting ng IATF talagang hindi po na-discuss ang MGCQ for Metro Manila (I have no idea because in the previous IATF meeting there was no discussion about MGCQ for Metro Manila),” noted Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.
The Philippines has entered the fourth month since the government imposed community quarantine orders due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Roque assured, meanwhile, that the NCR’s hospitals have enough beds for COVID-19 patients despite the announcement of Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega that the region’s intensive care system has now reached the danger zone.
“Ang pakiusap lang natin sa mga pasyente, makinig lang po tayo kung saan tayo dapat pumunta at huwag na tayong mag-insist (We only ask that patients listed [to authorities] where they are supposed to go and not insist [on what they want]),” Roque stressed.
“Huwag na tayong mag-worry kung puno ang isang ospital, ire-refer naman po kayo sa iba pang ospital, (Do not worry if the hospital is full because you will be accommodated in other hospitals),” he added. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The main office of the Department of National Defense (DND) in Camp Aguinaldo has been placed under lockdown after one of its personnel contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In an advisory, the agency said the office premises will undergo disinfection on the duration of the lockdown.
The agency will reopen on Friday (July 17).
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana himself earlier announced that one of the staff was tested positive for COVID-19, which prompted the official to volunteer for self-quarantine.
Based on the result of his COVID-19 released today, Lorenzana said he is negative of the disease. MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)
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