Senator Koko Pimentel Has Tested Positive For Coronavirus
The number of positive coronavirus cases continues to rise. Now, Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Currently, the senator has quarantined himself and has reported that he feels he is on the way to recovery. He also took the time to thank health workers and frontliners throughout the country. Read Pimentel's full statement below:
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.
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.
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.
I would like to ask for your prayers, especially for my wife Kath, who is about to give birth in the next few days to our first baby girl, and with whom I cannot be at this very important point in our lives as parents.
I want to express again my profound gratitude to our frontline medical workers throughout the country, who are putting their lives at risk on a daily basis to bring a halt to this pandemic. They are the true heroes in this fight.
I also urge all of us to observe the social distancing, enhanced community quarantine measures, washing of hands and personal hygiene being implemented because they are the best strategies to beat this disease at this time. I have faith that together we can overcome these challenging times.
Please take care.
Thank you and may God bless the Philippines.
Pimentel confirmed to ABS-CBN that he was with his pregnant wife Jewel May Lobaton in the hospital when he received confirmation that he had COVID-19. "Yes [I was with her] as she was [scheduled] to give birth this morning. I received the call from RITM when I was already in the hospital last night hence I left immediately," he said.
The news from Pimentel comes as President Duterte has been granted special powers to combat the spread of COVID-19.