Television host Iya Villania took to social media on Thursday, January 13, to share the latest development in her family's ordeal with COVID-19.
In an Instagram post, Iya said that her eldest son, Primo, with husband Drew Arellano has also contracted the virus.
Sharing a photo of herself with Primo, Iya wrote: "And the kuya’s day 1 has officially started.
"Primo: (entering the COVID ward here at home with a big smile on his face) 'I’m so happy I’m with you again, mama!'
Me: 'I’m not so happy love, coz that means you’re sick!
Earlier, another son of the couple, three-year-old Leon, also tested positive for COVID-19.
Iya, who is pregnant, was the first to catch the virus in the family, and therefore had to be isolated away from her kids. She has since recovered, while her husband Drew already tested negative via two antigen tests.
"Oh, to be a mother. I’m glad I’ve pretty much recovered to be able to care for these monkeys," said Iya in her post.
"Tonight should be interesting. Mamas! Papas! Make sure you have everything ready for the night Meds, medicine cups or syringes, extra clothes (in case of vomit), nebulizer, necessary nebules, wet/cold towel, thermometer, oximeter, water and a lamp! You might not need it but you’re better to be prepared than trying to find all of that in the middle of the night. Especially if you’re isolated and have limited access to things around the house. Get ready for battle!"
Iya, 35, joined a growing list of celebrities who have recently announced getting infected with the virus, amid a fresh surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.
The Philippines on Thursday, January 13, recorded 34,021 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the overall tally to 3,092,409.
Out of that number, 237,387 are active cases, 2,802,286 are recoveries, and 52,736 are deaths.