Philippine presidents

Erap now out of ICU after surviving bout with COVID-19

Dwight de Leon

Former president Joseph Estrada is now out of the intensive care unit after testing negative for COVID-19, his son Jinggoy said.

The former president's family expects Erap to be transferred to the non-COVID-19 area soon

Former president Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada was transferred to a regular room, after spending 9 days in the intensive care unit (ICU) because of a worsening pneumonia infection caused by COVID-19, his son Jinggoy said on Wednesday, April 14.

“My father is back to a regular room and will be transferred to the [non-COVID-19] area in a few days,” Jinggoy, a former senator, said.

“He is still on oxygen but no longer high flow and only by nasal cannula,” Jinggoy added.

Jinggoy reported on Tuesday that his father tested negative for COVID-19, more than two weeks after the older Estrada contracted the virus.

The former president was placed on a mechanical ventilator on April 5 upon his transfer to the ICU.

Erap, who is turning 84 on April 19, was rushed to the hospital on March 28 because of the coronavirus disease. –

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Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers local government units and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.