SEN . Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Saturday confirmed that he had contracted the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“I’m sorry to inform you that I tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday (Friday). To all who made contact with me, please do the appropriate protocols,” Dela Rosa said in a brief statement sent by his office.
The senator is “okay” despite having a cold. His eldest daughter has been also infected with the virus but is asymptomatic, Dela Rosa’s office said.
Dela Rosa confirmed that he contracted the coronavirus disease after Sen. Richard Gordon reminded his colleagues in the Senate plenary to go on self-quarantine should they develop symptoms.
“If one of us got exposed to one of our colleagues yesterday, the incubation period is five days. If we get the symptoms, we immediately do something about it,” Gordon said before the Senate adjourned its session early Saturday morning.
Gordon is also the chairman of the Philippine Red Cross.
Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd said in a message to reporters that Dela Rosa went to the Senate on Wednesday, November 17. Sotto said he tested negative in an antigen test he underwent on Friday, November 19.
“He was in the Senate last Wednesday but we did not have any close contact. But we had the swab antigen last night. I’m negative,” Sotto said.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri then said, “The suspect was here on Wednesday.”