'Unwell' Bongbong Marcos waiting for COVID-19 test results, Imee says
In this October 16 photo, former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. accompanies his sister then-Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos in filing her certificate of candidacy for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.
The STAR/Krizjohn Rosales, file
'Unwell' Bongbong Marcos waiting for COVID-19 test results, Imee says
(Philstar.com) - March 26, 2020 - 10:57am

MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 1:44 p.m.) — Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has undergone a test for COVID-19, his sister, Sen. Imee Marcos said.

Bongbong on Thursday afternoon confirmed Imee’s earlier statement he is “unwell” and said that he is “doing ok and contrary to popular belief, [on self-quarantine].”

The former senator shared a photo of himself holding "The Daily Tribune" newspaper.

Bongbong said that they are still waiting for the results of the COVID-19 test.

“Fortunately, I feel much better and am getting stronger by the day. I have no doubt in my mind that this is partly due to excellent work of the nurses and doctors who helped me during this time,” Bongbong added.

Trip from Spain

News5 reported that Imee confirmed that Bongbong returned from a trip in Spain “unwell.”

Bongbong underwent a test for the novel coronavirus disease two days ago and results have yet to be released.

“Finally got a test two nights ago, getting better at home, (pero) wala pang result,” Imee was quoted as saying.

Marcoses flew to Singapore?

Rumors of Bongbong being intubated at a hospital for a supposed pneumonia diagnosis swirled Wednesday night.

A STAR report dated March 24, meanwhile, said that Imee was advised by her doctors to avoid public gatherings since she has a cough. 

Former Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Reuben Lista, a conveor of Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong, denied the rumors that Bongbong was airlifted to Singapore.

He also refuted reports that Imee was also unwell and flew to Singapore with her brother,

“Tell them that she is very busy calling on friends and government officers for PPEs, masks, food, money and other needs of front liners and our people,” Lista said.

At least four lawmakers have announced that they tested positive on COVID-19. They are Sens. Miguel Zubiri, Koko Pimentel, Sonny Angara and Rep. Eric Yap (ACT-CIS party-list). — Kristine Joy Patag with report from News5/Meann Los Baños

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LATEST UPDATE: October 31, 2020 - 4:03pm

Follow this page for updates on a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has struck dozens of people in China.

October 31, 2020 - 4:03pm

The Department of Health reports 1,803 new cases of the coronavirus disease. This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the Philippines to 380,729.

Total active cases are 42,462. There are 606 new recoveries and 36 new deaths.

October 31, 2020 - 10:28am

The US hit a record number of new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, topping 94,000 infections in 24 hours, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

The country, which has seen a resurgence of its Covid-19 outbreak since mid-October, recorded 94,125 new cases in the 24 hours up to 8:30 pm Friday (0030 GMT Saturday), according to a real-time count by the Baltimore-based school. 

That broke the record of more than 91,000 cases set just one day earlier. — AFP

October 30, 2020 - 6:41pm

The Department of Health says they do not recommend the use of necklace air purifiers for protection against coronavirus infections.

"The DOH clarifies that it is NOT ENDORSING the use of necklace air purifiers that claim to kill bacteria or viruses, or protect from COVID-19," the health department says in a statement.

"While these devices do not pose any harm, the DOH currently does not recommend using these devices due to lack of evidence of efficacy," it adds.


October 30, 2020 - 4:25pm

The Department of Health reports 2,006 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the Philippines to 378,933.

There are 41,291 active COVID-19 cases. The DOH announces 38 new deaths and 636 additional recoveries.

October 29, 2020 - 9:18pm

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,175,992 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 GMT on Thursday. 

At least 44,561,260 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 29,949,000 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. — AFP

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