By Malu Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – A cockfighting aficionado here tested positive again for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in his repeat polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, a health official said.
Arjohn Gangoso, spokesperson for the Department of Health (DoH) in Soccsksargen region, said they just received on Tuesday PH3989’s PCR lab results from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City, which showed that the patient was still carrying the virus.
Gangoso explained that PH3989 still had the virus even if his supposed exposure to a positive case had been more than a month ago.
“We know for a fact that COVID-19 is self-limiting. But from the looks of it, there seems a problem with the immune system of PH3989,” said Gangoso.
City health officials said the cockfighting aficionado was still asymptomatic, but would have to remain inside the Kidapawan City Quarantine Center for another 14 days because of his recent test results.
During this period, according to Gangoso, PH3989 should take another COVID-19 test.
“Once he tests negative of the virus in the coming test, we can safely say that he is already COVID-19-free or has fully recovered,” he stressed.
PH3989 was infected with the virus after his exposure to a patient when he attended one of the meetings inside the VIP room at the Matina Gallera in Davao City held last March.