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Juan Miguel Zubiri

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Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri a senator in the Philippines confirmed today that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He is the Senate Majority Leader.

The test results were relayed to him by Health Secretary Francisco Duque, reported inquirer.net.

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He was found to be asymptomatic, meaning that he has yet to show any symptoms of the disease like dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.

In a message to reporters, Zubiri said: “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.”

“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,” he added.

Zubiri is one of the government officials who went into self-quarantine after possible exposure from COVID-19, as one of the Senate’s resource persons was confirmed to be positive for the disease.

As at Monday, there are 140 COVID-19 patients in the Philippines , 12 of whom have died. All over the world, 168,000 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, with at least 6,506 dead.


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