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Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said Wednesday that he has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“I was informed late last night March 24, 2020 that I have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The swab was taken last Friday, March 20, 2020,” Pimentel said in a statement.
“Since the last day of session March 11, 2020 I had already tried my best to limit my movement. I will call (to the best of my ability) those I remember meeting during those crucial days so that I can inform them of my test result,” he added.
The senator is optimistic that he is “on the way to recovery.”
His close aide Omeng Maglangit said Pimentel went on quarantine after his swab tests was tested positive for COVID 19.
In his statement to mintfo, a Manila-based news website, Pimentel said the test swab was taken last March 20.
“I was informed late last night March 24, 2020 that I have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” Pimentel said.
“I have quarantined myself upon the doctor’s advice and consistent with the protocol. I feel I am, with God’s help, on the way to recovery,” he added.
Maglangit said the senator was complaining of a slight fever and sore throat when he decided to be tested.
He said they do not know from whom Senator Pimentel had contracted the virus.
Pimentel is the second senator from Mindanao who have contracted the virus.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri was also tested positive of the COVID-19 last March 16.