Vice President Leni Robredo tested negative for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after her exposure to an infected person last week, she announced on Sunday, August 1.
Speaking on her weekly radio show, “BISErbisyong Leni,” Robredo shared how lucky she is still COVID-free despite her close contact to individuals positive for the infectious disease in the past.
“Buti naman negative tayo, so bukas balik na tayo sa opisina (It is good that I tested negative, so I can bet back to the office tomorrow),” she said.
The vice president went on a seven-day quarantine in her Quezon City home when her COVID-19 antigen test came out as negative after she went to Camarines Sur for an official trip.
She was in Naga City from July 23 to 24 to oversee her NagaVax Express initiative, which inoculated more than 6,700 senior citizens and persons with comorbodities with Janssen’s single-dose vaccine.
Last Sunday, Robredo also graced the turnover of the farm-to-market road and farm equipment to the May Ogob Agrarian Reform Cooperative, a beneficiary of her Angat Buhay program, in Camarines Sur.
During her radio show, the vice president did not identify the COVID-19-positive individual whom she got exposed to, but she had a meeting with Senator Richard Gordon who contracted the virus.
The meeting took place before Robredo’s trip to Bicol last week.
Robredo said she got her negative RT-PCR test result—considered the gold standard for COVID-19 testing—while she was in quarantine.
On Saturday, July 31, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,147 new COVID-19 cases for the first time in three months that the country recorded more than 8,000 cases in two straight days.
The government will impose again a two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila in a bid to help stop the surge of the more transmissible and contagious Delta variant, the alleged driver of surges in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
The Philippines has 216 known Delta variant cases, most of which are in Region 7 and Metro Manila, with a total of eight deaths.