Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ends home quarantine

Robie de Guzman

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will discontinue her voluntary home quarantine after Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said he had no physical contact with the Senate guest who tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), her office said Monday.

In a statement, the Office of the Mayor said Duterte has been given clearance by the Davao City Health Officer to end her voluntary isolation.

She also said that her household employee, who was earlier reported to be ill, has been diagnosed with tonsillitis and is now taking medications.

“After coordination with the Office of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who conducted a careful review of CCTV footage, it showed he did not have physical contact with the positive Covid-19 patient,” the statement read.

“Footage also showed Senator Gatchalian and the Covid-19 patient were far apart from each other the whole time,” it added.

On Thursday morning, Duterte said she has placed herself under home quarantine after having a lunch meeting with Gatchalian.

The senator announced Wednesday night that he will do a self-quarantine after having contact with a coronavirus-infected person.

In a statement on Friday, Gatchalian expressed optimism there was low chance of him contracting the virus from the infected resource person following a close review of the CCTV footage of the Senate Hearing.

He said he was seated “quite far away” from the COVID-19 patient and he and fellow Senator Nancy Binay did not shake hands or had any direct encounter with the person.

Gatchalian and Binay both announced they went on a voluntary self-isolation as a precaution.

Gatchalian also said he is getting tested for the virus on Friday, and results will be out within 48 hours.

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