After almost a month of recovering from COVID-19, Senator Sonny Angara has once again tested positive for the coronavirus.
The lawmaker first tested positive for COVID-19 last March 26. He underwent home quarantine and then hospitalization to treat his illness.
Last April 6, Angara finally went back home pneumonia-free and negative for the virus.
Angara made the new announcement in a Facebook post on Saturday, disclosing that he found out about the result when he was preparing to donate his blood plasma for the second time.
“My doctors, after the results of the initial antibody test taken before donating, had me take another swab test, which registered positive,” he said.
The senator said that his doctors suppose he is “probably no longer infectious and that this latest positive result is probably picking up remnants of the virus” since his wife Tootsy has tested negative.
“Nothing is 100% sure at this point so it is best to be prudent and cautious and thus it is best that I not attend Senate sessions in person for the risk posed to others. And we will follow the usual quarantine procedures for myself and members of my household as a precaution,” he continued.
Angara said he will be going back to self-isolation but will continue his Senate duties by working from home.
“I will continue to stay at home for now but I will participate in Senate proceedings through teleconferencing which the Senate may allow starting Monday after an amendment to our Rules. Rest assured that I will continue working from home like many of our countrymen and performing my duties as senator to the best of my ability.”
He then went on to thank the country’s frontliners and reminded the public to continue following quarantine guidelines.
“Once again I wish to thank all our frontliners, especially the healthcare workers. To our kababayans, let us continue to observe quarantine rules and continue taking precautions like safe distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks, if necessary. Thank you and continued prayers for everyone’s well-being. As I’ve said before, with hope, sacrifice, and unity of effort we will overcome this crisis.”