Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri — a COVID-19 survivor — has tested positive again for the coronavirus disease.
Zubiri, in a text message sent to reporters, said three rapid tests showed the presence of antibodies in his body.
Later on, a swab test confirmed that he was positive for COVID-19 after more than three months since he announced that he recuperated from the disease.
“To allay the rumors on why I was not able to attend the SONA presentation in the Batasan is because even after 3 rapid tests that showed that I was negative for COVID-19 but possessing antibodies with positive IGg. My swab test however showed that I was positive once more for [COVID-19].
“According to doctors, it is possible that the test detected remnants of the dead virus cells in my body as I am a COVID survivor,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zubiri said he would continue with his duties in “isolation” until he gets negative results after the quarantine.
"I will continue to work from isolation virtually until I get my consecutive negative results after quarantine. Thank you for everyone’s concerns,” he stated.
He tested positive for COVID-19 before entering the Batasang Pambansa for the penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte.
While he wasn’t able to physically attend the SONA, he joined the event via videoconferencing.
Before heading to the Batasang Pambansa, Zubiri had earlier attended the opening of the 18th Congress' second regular session in the Senate. And as it turns out, he had interaction with 16 senators.
It was in March when Zubiri first tested positive for COVID-19.