Bulacan governor Daniel Fernando tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at Aug 29 2020 06:43 PM | Updated as of Aug 30 2020 01:34 AM

Actor-turned-governor Daniel Fernando said he was in good condition and not experiencing symptoms of the respiratory illness. Handout, Provincial Government of Bulacan Facebook Page

MANILA (UPDATE)--Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando on Saturday said he was undergoing self-quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, Fernando said he was found positive for coronavirus after receiving his real time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results on Friday, Aug. 28.

The former actor said he was in good condition and not experiencing symptoms of the respiratory illness, caused by the virus.

Fernando suspected he got infected with the virus from a provincial board member whom he had worked with in several official functions.

The local official later turned out positive for COVID-19, which prompted him to undergo testing.

“'Wag nating kalimutan na maging ang mga world leaders at top government officials ay naging infected sa virus, dahil wala itong pinalalagpas at wala itong respeto sa mga indibidwal, maging sino man sila," he said.

(Let's not forget that even world leaders and top government officials have been infected with the virus because it doesn't spare anyone.)

"Kaya naman nananawagan ako sa lahat na maging responsable at ipagpatuloy ang pagsunod sa mga health standards at protocols upang makapagligtas tayo ng buhay,” he added.

(That's why I'm urging everyone to be responsible and to continue to observe health standards and protocols so we can save lives.)

Upon learning he was COVID-19-positive, Fernando said he immediately ordered contact tracing and urged those who were in close contact with him to visit the provincial health office if they were experiencing symptoms of the disease.

The governor also assured Bulakeños he would continue to work to provide basic services in the province despite self-isolating in his official residence in Malolos City.

The Philippines has so far recorded 213,131 coronavirus infections, of which 74,611 are considered active cases. The nationwide caseload includes 3,419 fatalities and 135,101 recoveries.