Philippine president Duterte isolates after COVID-19 exposure

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is currently self-isolating after he was exposed to COVID-19 by a member of his domestic staff last weekend, but his spokesperson announced Thursday that Duterte had come back negative twice since the infection.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles confirmed the 76-year-old president continues to work while under quarantine and keeps in contact with his Cabinet members to discuss crucial problems and pandemic-related concerns.

Rodrigo Duterte was thoroughly vaccinated against COVID-19 and had his booster dose just a few weeks ago.

Nograles revealed on social media that Duterte visited the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in the capital’s outlying San Juan area, but merely for a “regular medical check-up.

He did not say when Duterte went to the hospital or provide other details.

Duterte, whose tumultuous six-year reign expires in June, has stated previously that he suffers from a variety of health issues, including chronic migraines, as a result of a previous motorbike accident and excessive drinking.

Barrett’s esophagus, a disorder primarily caused by stomach acid migrating up into the esophagus, is his most major health worry, he added.

The Philippine constitution demands that presidents publicly declare any major ailment, and Duterte’s advisers have previously defended his unwillingness to provide medical bulletins regarding his health by claiming that he has never had any serious medical issues.


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