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Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri is coronavirus positive

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TOM Hanks, who is in Australia, has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19. His wife, actress Rita Wilson, also tested positive for the virus. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie, has tested positive. And now on the homefront, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on his Facebook post, which I saw because we are Facebook friends, has just confirmed he is positive of the virus as well.

I will post here his post on Facebook:

"To my dear fellow Filipinos, my Kababayans. It is with sadness that I announce that I am positive for Covid-19. I had a test taken last Friday while on self-quarantine and this afternoon I received a call from Sec. Duque on my condition. My heart sank with what he had said but I'm uplifted with the fact that I am asymptomatic and have no fever or cough nor am I weak or have any headaches. My decision to self-quarantine last Wednesday evening after the session was the best decision I made and could have protected my Family from contamination. As one of those very early on in the Senate who espoused and advocated for stronger Government response on controlling Covid-19, I was very careful in my dealings with people at work in the Senate. I practiced social distancing, as well as a no handshake policy but yet I, got contaminated. How, I do not know. This just goes to show how easily this virus is spread and therefore it is best for everyone to stay home and stay clean. As for me, I will stay locked in isolation for 10 more days until I get checked once again with hopefully a negative result. I hope my coming out will show how dangerously infectious this virus is. Sa aking mga Kababayans, makinig po tayo sa mga babala nang Gobyerno at wag na po kayo lumabas sa inyong mga tahanan. God bless us all."

Senator Zubiri said he is asymptomatic, meaning he did and does not show any symptoms that he could have the virus, which is really scary. It is a good thing he decided to self isolate himself.

As I write this, announcement is underway for a total lockdown in Luzon. The details will probably be announced in the news after. People who are asymptomatic can still spread the virus. There is some research that the virus might be airborne. For now, I am in full support of the government's decision if they will impose a lockdown in the metro but would suggest that markets, supermarkets remain open. I hope the government will take care of the poorest of the poor and will be able to deliver basic services.

I also hope all wireless internet providers, electricity, water will not suffer any interruption as many people will be working from home in the coming days.

How are you preparing for the lockdown?

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