MANILA - Six days after going on self-quarantine due to exposure to a person who tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said on Tuesday he is out of quarantine and will go back to work.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday announced Gatchalian and Senator Nancy Binay have tested negative for COVID-19.
Hours after the news broke, Gatchalian took to Instagram to post his "self-quarantine look."
"Finally, I'm out and back to work. Time to make sure our constituents in Valenzuela and the country have food to eat and well protected from the veerus," he wrote in the caption.
He also thanked the people from the Department of Health (DOH) for helping them with their test.
"Thank you to the men and women of DOH who help facilitate our test," Gatchalian said.
Gatchalian went on self-quarantine on March 11 after learning that a resource person at a recent committee hearing he chaired had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Philippines is under a state of public health emergency as the government continues to find ways to contain the virus, described as a global pandemic.
As of March 17, the Philippines had 187 confirmed infections. Fourteen died, 4 recovered, while the rest remain confined in hospitals.