Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tested negative for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) after being exposed to individuals who contracted the virus.
In a tweet, Locsin shared that he will undergo another PCR test on Monday. PCR testing is the gold standard in the detection of SARS-CoV-2 as it detects the virus within days of infection, even in those with no symptoms.
“I already tested negative along with my security, protocol, co-workers on my floor, etc. Now follow up with PCR on Monday and that is it,” he wrote.
Locsin underwent mandatory quarantine last Thursday after his conversation with U.S State Secretary Anthony Blinken on Thursday morning.
The top diplomat said he has tested negative “but the building officers I met yesterday (Wednesday) tested positive.”
It wasn’t clear if the building he was referring to was the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Pasay City where he still holds office despite the pandemic.
In another tweet, he also thanked Senator Richard Gordon “for the Red Cross team that came to test me.”
Locsin also agreed with th statement of former Labor Undersecretary and overseas Filipino workers advocate Susan Ople who said she hoped that contract tracing in the country can level up.
“You’re right; contract tracing; not easy like it is in the Emirates with their comparatively small tightly organized populations including OFWs,” he said in response to Ople wishing him to “stay positively negative, test-wise.”