Sara Duterte tests positive for COVID-19

Aika Rey

POSITIVE. In this file photo, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte speaks at an event in April 2020.

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The Davao City mayor has mild symptoms and is currently in isolation

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, October 9.

In a statement on Saturday night, Duterte’s office said that the Davao City mayor has mild symptoms.

“She has mild symptoms and is in isolation caring for other family members who need medical attention in Davao City,” the statement read.

Her office said that the family requested for “complete privacy” and asked the public to refrain from sending tokens for well-wishes.

It also advised the public to monitor for symptoms, in case they were in close contact with Duterte.

Duterte was supposed to be on medical leave from Tuesday, October 5, to Friday, October 8, to go to Singapore. She had to postpone her trip as one of her companions tested positive for the virus.

Coronavirus cases in the Philippines reached 2.65 million on Saturday, as 11,010 new cases were confirmed. –

Aika Rey

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