Actress Nikki Valdez, who recently recovered from the novel coronavirus, has resumed taping.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, April 18, the Star Magic artist described her first day back at work as a COVID-19 survivor as "a bit of a struggle", saying she feels happy and excited, but at the same time nervous and anxious.
"Nevertheless, I am thankful to see everyone today. We had our own share of stories to tell," said Nikki, whose co-stars on the ABS-CBN series Bagong Umaga Sunshine Cruz and Heaven Peralejo also battled with COVID-19.
"My body is extra tired but my heart is filled with gratitude for this day and all the people I am surrounded with. Indeed, there is always something to be thankful for," she added.
It was last April 9 when Nikki revealed that she and her husband, Luis Garcia, tested positive—and have since recuperated—from COVID-19.
According to the actress, she and Luis experienced body ache, a mild, dry cough, and a "flu-like" feeling despite their temperature being normal.
"The first few days were the hardest," she said in her previous post. "There were days that were okay and days that I felt just blah... Body aches, flu-like feeling a 1000x worst (but temp was normal—weird!!!), mild dry cough and 10-12 hours of sleep was not enough.
"COVID is more than a virus. It will toy not only with your physical health but mostly with your emotions. It's been the hardest first 7 days in isolation."
On Sunday, April 18, the Philippines recorded 10,098 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the overall tally to 936,133, with deaths at 15,960, one of the highest caseloads in Asia.