Philippine President, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19, marking his second encounter with the virus since his previous infection in 2020. Despite the diagnosis, the 66-year-old statesman remains asymptomatic and healthy enough to carry out his presidential duties remotely.
Presidential Duties Amidst Isolation
Following the infection, Marcos has chosen to isolate for five days in line with health guidelines. Despite physical absence, the president continues to engage in his duties, conducting scheduled meetings via teleconference. His commitment to public service remains undeterred as he navigates through this personal health challenge.
Public Engagements Put on Hold
Among the events affected by the president's positive test is a planned visit to Mindanao, which was scheduled for Tuesday. The visit aimed to provide support and attention to victims of a recent bombing and residents affected by strong earthquakes and aftershocks. The cancellation underscores the president's adherence to public safety measures amidst the pandemic.
COVID-19 Situation in the Philippines
As of the president's diagnosis, the Philippines has recorded over 4.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. The past week alone saw an additional 1,340 new cases, indicating a persistent presence of the virus in the country. Marcos Jr. has urged the public to adhere to health protocols and safeguard their health, emphasizing the importance of vigilance during the ongoing pandemic.