Andanar recovers; Roque in hospital

PRESIDENTIAL Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has completed his mandatory quarantine and recovered from Covid-19 more than a week after announcing he tested positive for the disease.

Meanwhile, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. on Saturday confirmed he is currently admitted to Philippine General Hospital after he tested positive again for Covid-19.

Roque has a heart condition and diabetes.

“I am pleased to share that I have fully recovered from Covid-19 after undergoing a 14-day home quarantine,” Andanar said in a statement.

“I thank the Lord for this blessing of being able to overcome the virus. I am also very grateful for my family, loved ones and colleagues, among others, for all their support and prayers while I undertook my recovery,” he added.

Roque said the virus “is more transmissible now so we have to do extra precaution.”

Andanar said despite his “clean bill of health,” he would still observe another five days of voluntary quarantine “to ensure the safety of those around me and those I will come into contact with.”

Besides Andanar, five other Cabinet members have recovered from Covid-19, including Roque, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.

Dozens of senators, congressmen and local government officials have also tested positive for the infectious disease.

The President’s spokesman first announced he tested positive for the coronavirus disease on March 15.

Despite being in the hospital, Roque said he would still announce the new quarantine classifications for Metro Manila and its nearby provinces.

“I will announce the risk classification of the National Capital Region Plus Bubble, which will be discussed in the IATF meeting today,” said Roque, who is also the spokesman of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

He has completed his mandatory quarantine and recovered from Covid-19  on March 25. It was unclear when the Palace official again contracted the virus.

Andanar called on those who have contracted the virus to remain strong-willed and to be hopeful of their recovery.

“And to trust that our Divine Creator will hear our prayers of healing and health,” he said.

For the nth time, Andanar reminded “everyone to observe all health protocols for us to be on the road towards our collective recovery as a nation from this pandemic.”

Andanar earlier announced he was found positive for the virus on March 27 after he underwent swab testing at the airport upon his return to Metro Manila from the Dinagat Islands.

He was in Loreto, Dinagat Islands on March 22 for the conduct of the Explain, Explain, Explain information drive on the National Covid-19 Vaccination Roadmap. Prior to reaching Loreto, Andanar said his reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction yielded a negative result.

“Do not entertain the claims of malicious gossip mongers, that are being circulated through text messages. I would not violate travel restrictions, as these strict protocols are in place for our safety. More importantly, I would never jeopardize the well-being of others,” he has said.

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