Top Duterte aide says he caught COVID-19

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FILE PHOTO: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
FILE PHOTO: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque began his virtual press briefing on Monday (March 15) by announcing his positive test result for COVID-19.

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“Positibo po ako para sa COVID-19. Nag-test po ako kahapon lamang dahil sa pagpupulong kay Presidente mamaya, at ngayon po lumabas na positibo,” Roque said.

[Translation: I tested positive for COVID-19. I tested just yesterday (Sunday) for a meeting with the President (Duterte), and found the positive result today.]

Roque had two tests for the coronavirus, testing negative on March 10, a day before his trip with President Duterte to Dumaguete. But prior to his meeting with the president on Monday, his test result came out positive.

Roque urged those who had close contact with him to quarantine.

"Iyong nagkaroon po sa akin ng close contact, I ask you po for your indulgence, pero kinakailangan po kayong mag-quarantine," he said.

[Translation: To those who had close contact with me, I ask you for your indulgence, but you need to go on quarantine.]

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