Lorenzana tests negative for COVID-19

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced on Wednesday that he had tested negative for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (NTF Against COVID-19 / MANILA BULLETIN)

"Dear everyone, my test came out negative. Thanks for the prayers," the 71-year-old defense chief told reporters.

Lorenzana was subjected to a COVID-19 test after one of his staff tested positive for the disease. The result of his staff's test was made public on Tuesday.

The concerned staff member joined Lorenzana and other ranking defense and military officials in two official functions in Subic, Zambales last Friday (July 10) and Jolo, Sulu on Monday (July 13).

As of this writing, Lorenzana has yet to confirm if he will continue or terminate his self-quarantine.

As the chairman of the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19, Lorenzana is often present in meetings and public addresses called by President Duterte.

He also convenes NTF leaders and officials to discuss the implementation of COVID-related policies. 

He goes around the country to visit areas with COVID-19 concerns and deliver medical supplies, equipment or donations.

As the chairperson of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), he also attends events such as turnover of donations by various local and international groups or individuals to aid the national government in its COVID-19 response.