Duque on self-quarantine

Published March 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Analou de Vera and Gabriela Baron

Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Thursday he is on self-quarantine.

Duque said he has undergone testing although he has shown no signs of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and is expecting results in two to three days.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (AP Photo/Aaron Favila / MANILA BULLETIN)
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (AP Photo/Aaron Favila / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Health chief said he is setting up a work-from-home arrangement to continue his work.

“I’ll be working from home for now, for 14 days. I will continue to give orders to my entire DOH, which connects to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases,” said Duque in an interview.

Duque said that he is currently asymptomatic although he is experiencing mild cold which may be due to his allergy.

“I don’t actually have colds, maybe just a mild one… probably caused by my allergy,” he said.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Duque is asymptomatic but has been tested for possible COVID-19 infection because he is “asthmatic and hypertensive.”

Earlier, the DOH confirmed that one of its directors tested positive for COVID-19.

Vergeire then said that the DOH employee is a male individual in his 50s, adding that he is in stable condition.

“Offices within the DOH have been disinfected and close contacts of the official [were] immediately informed and advised to undergo home quarantine,” the Health department said in a statement last Wednesday.

The DOH said it “enjoins everyone to cooperate and practice personal preventive measures to mitigate the spread of the disease. To actively protect your own health is to protect the health of the entire nation,” it added.