Lorenzana positive for Covid after budget hearing


Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed through a text message on Wednesday the results that he tested positive for Covid-19.
“The result came out this morning from a test yesterday afternoon after the Senate hearing,” he said.


MANILA, Philippines — The Defense Secretary said he had been fully vaccinated against the virus, however he did not show signs of the symptoms.

“I am asymptomatic,” he told reporters in a separate message, noting that he has been inoculated against the virus.

A day before the results came out, Lorenzana had physically attended the Senate hearing on his agency’s budget scheme for 2022.

“I’ll observe myself for several days, after that I’ll have another swab,” Lorenzana added.

Senators who attended the hearing were also informed about the DND Secretary’s situation.

“We just found out through the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms that the good Secretary of National Defense is positive,” Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri told his colleagues during Wednesday’s budget deliberations.

“We were quite exposed yesterday,” Zubiri added. (HMP/Headline PH)


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