The Philippines’ new President Ferdinand Marcos is to isolate for a week after testing positive for COVID-19, his press secretary said on Friday.
Marcos has “a slight fever but he is otherwise OK,” Secretary Trixie Angeles said during a press briefing.
Angeles said the president will skip a U.S. Independence Day gathering at the American Embassy on Friday and will meet provincial governors and mayors online instead.
Congressman Ferdinand Alexander, his eldest child, has tested negative, while the first lady is away from home and hasn’t been exposed, according to Angeles.
Marcos will isolate for seven days, according to health undersecretary Rosario Vergeire, and can resume face-to-face interactions after his symptoms subside.
This week, the average daily COVID-19 cases in the Philippines increased to over 1,000, the highest number since late February.
Marcos, 64, was among the first prominent Filipino personalities to catch COVID-19 in 2020. He recalled the experience during his inauguration on June 30 and said, “It was not a walk in the park.”
Since his inaugural, he has visited government offices, attended official functions, and administered the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials.
A different development, according to Angeles, is that Marcos has accepted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s offer to visit China, albeit no specific date has been agreed.
To improve relations with the Philippines, with whom Beijing has a South China Sea territorial dispute, Wang met Marcos on Wednesday.
Text: OneCircleOFW Editorial
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