Actress Rhian Ramos on Wednesday, April 7, revealed that she tested positive—but has since recovered—from the novel coronavirus.
On her Instagram page, Rhian posted a video chronicling her battle with COVID-19 together with her road manager, Rach Librado, who also contracted the virus.
"It started with a fever. We isolated for the first few days, but found out we were both positive," she said.
"Started feeling better Day 4 to 6. Together, we focused on getting better and making each other laugh. Some days, we'd feel better. Some days, we'd feel worse. But we stayed motivated and focused on our health and still found things to laugh about. 'Cause despite the scary days, at least we had each other," she added.
In the caption of her post, Rhian expressed her gratitude to everyone who supported her and her manager throughout their ordeal.
"The past few weeks have been harrowing at times, but I'm not really here to scare anyone, just sharing how grateful I am for life, health, love, and friendship. Thank you to everyone who sent us encouragement and help through this experience. It meant the world to us and I'll always remember how much you've blessed us (you know who you are)," she said.
She also shared her message to those who are currently battling COVID-19.
"Can I just say though. The light at the end of the tunnel is wonderful. If you or someone you know is still going through the covid battle, stay motivated my friend. Keep your morale up. When you see your first negative result, you'll be overcome with relief and that feeling you've been dreaming of, where for 5 minutes there's finally no fear," she said.
Rhian went on: "God bless our countrymen and God bless our health workers. Praying for you all out there. Stay safe."
The Philippines has seen a surge in COVID-19 infections in recent days.
On Wednesday, April 7, the country recorded 6,414 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the overall tally to 819,164, with deaths at 14,059, one of the highest caseloads in Asia.
The surge in COVID-19 infections has prompted the government to place Metro Manila and 4 neighboring provinces (Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal) under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)—the strictest lockdown classification—until Easter Sunday. However, the ECQ was extended for at least another week starting Monday, April 5.