Former president and Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has returned to a regular room, according to his son, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, on Wednesday afternoon (April 14).
On April 13, the younger Estrada announced that his father has tested negative for COVID-19 as he shared a photo of the former president in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City.
“My father is back to a regular room and will be transferred to the non-Covid area in a few days,” he posted on his Facebook account.
“He is still on oxygen but no longer high flow and only by nasal cannula. He has no more fever and is eating well,” he added.
Also, he said that his father is “well-oriented and conversing normally.”
The Estrada family expressed gratitude to the public for their prayers and well-meaning messages.
“Our family wishes to thank everyone who offered their prayers and support.”
On March 28, the 83-year-old former president was rushed to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center because he was feeling weak.
It was later learned that he was positive for COVID-19 based on his RT-PCR test result.
The Estrada patriarch was the country’s 13th president who served from 1998 to 2001. Prior to this, he was a long-time mayor in San Juan City, senator, and vice president.
From 2013 to 2019, he served as mayor of Manila.