TIMELINE: Koko Pimentel’s COVID-19 crisis


Posted at Mar 26 2020 12:21 AM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III announced Wednesday that he tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Here are the events that happened before he was informed of his condition.

MARCH 11, 2020
Around 10 p.m.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III orders a restricted entry to the Senate building after officials confirmed that a resource person who attended a March 5 hearing tested positive for COVID-19.

Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Nancy Binay, who attended the said hearing, subject themselves on self-quarantine.

MARCH 12, 2020
Senators undergo self-quarantine as a precautionary measure.

MARCH 13, 2020
Some senators, including Gatchalian, Binay, and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguez Zubiri undergo a swabbing test to check if they were carriers of COVID-19.

MARCH 14, 2020
Senator Koko Pimentel begins experiencing body pains and flu.

MARCH 16, 2020
Zubiri tests positive for COVID-19.

MARCH 17, 2020
Binay and Gatchalian test negative for COVID-19.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III and senators Pia Cayetano, Richard Gordon, Imee Marcos, Grace Poe, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Francis Tolentino also take the COVID-19 test.

MARCH 18, 2020
Pimentel develops a 38-degrees Celsius fever

Netizens begin to criticize senators who took the COVID-19 test despite being asymptomatic patients.

MARCH 19, 2020
Reporters ask Pimentel if he also plans to test for COVID-19. He responds with a single word: “Hindi.” (No.)

MARCH 20, 2020
Pimentel takes COVID-19 test.

MARCH 24, 2020
6-7 p.m.

Pimentel accompanies his wife Kathryna to the Makati Medical Center for a cesarian delivery.

Around 9 p.m.
Pimentel receives confirmation from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) that he is a carrier of COVID-19.

“I went home. Walked out. Not roaming around,” he told ABS-CBN News.

March 25, 2020
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III got in touch with Pimentel to ask the senator about his condition.

Pimentel announces that he tested positive for COVID-19. In several interviews, he called on the public “not to discriminate” his wife.

Kathryna Pimentel’s cesarian delivery was postponed. ABS-CBN sources say that some doctors refused to do the operation unless Mrs. Pimentel tests negative for COVID-19. The same sources say that her delivery has been rescheduled to March 26.

Pimentel confirms in a television interview that prior to taking the coronavirus test, he attended “2 birthday parties” and a “meeting in the office.” He did not give specific dates.

Pimentel draws online criticism for going out on several occasions and and accompanies his wife to the hospital despite experiencing symptoms of the disease.

Makati Medical Center releases a statement scorning Pimentel for “breaching infection control protocols.”