Defense chief Lorenzana says negative for COVID-19 but will stay in self-quarantine

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2020 11:34 PM

MANILA - Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday said he has tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) following exposure to patients with the illness.

In a statement sent to ABS-CBN News, Lorenzana said his test came back negative, but has been advised by his doctor to stay in self-quarantine until April 6.

He also asked for prayers for the recovery of Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, who tested positive for the disease.

Lorenzana went on self-quarantine after Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Felimon Santos, Jr. tested positive for COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, the country has a total of 2,084 COVID-19 cases with 88 deaths and 49 recoveries.

- with reports from Chiara Zambrano and Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News