MANILA, Philippines – Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Monday said he once again tested positive for novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Zubiri received the result shortly before he was supposed to have headed to the Batasang Pambansa to hear President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
In a message to reporters, he said his three rapid tests showed his body is possessing anti-bodies, and a swab test confirmed that he is positive once more for the viral disease.
“According to doctors, it is possible that the test detected the remnants of the dead virus cells in my body as I am a COVID survivor,” he said.
“So, I decided to forgo any other appointments and head back to my isolation room for quarantine,” he added.
Prior to getting confirmation that he is infected anew with the virus, Zubiri physically attended the opening of the second regular session of the 18th Congress on Monday morning where he interacted with other senators.
He was supposed to physically attend Duterte’s SONA presentation but decided to just witness the event via video conferencing.
Zubiri said he took another swab test on Monday afternoon to check if he really is infected again with the virus.
He also assured he is not exhibiting any symptoms of the dreaded viral respiratory disease.
“I’m hoping that it’s a negative result there to confirm what our infectious disease experts told me earlier. I feel absolutely fine, wala po akong nararamdaman at wala po akong sintomas,” he said.
“But it’s better to be safe and to keep everyone safe from this virus. And I will continue to work from isolation virtually until I get my consecutive negative results after quarantine. Thank you for everyone’s concerns,” he added.
Zubiri first tested positive for COVID-19 in March but he recovered from the disease in April.