PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar gets COVID-19

Pia Ranada

POSITIVE. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar tests positive for COVID-19.

File photo by PCOO

Andanar is the latest Cabinet member to test positive for the respiratory disease

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confirmed to reporters that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, March 29.

“Rest assured, I am okay and I will still continue to work hard and to perform my duties well, including hosting regular shows to inform the public, as I recuperate from the virus,” said Andanar in a statement.

Andanar joins several Cabinet members who have contracted the respiratory disease, including Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, and Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

Andanar got tested for COVID-19 last Saturday, March 27, at the airport following a trip to Dinagat Islands.

A supposed copy of his positive COVID-19 test result was sent to media earlier on Monday. He later confirmed the test result.

He is currently not experiencing any symptoms. The Cabinet member also said he had already informed persons he had come into close contact with about his condition.

Andanar is currently isolating in his home in Metro Manila. –

Pia Ranada

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