The Philippine leader, Duterte, is isolating himself after COVID exposure

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is self-isolating after being exposed last weekend to a member of his household staff who had COVID-19, but Duterte has twice tested negative after exposure

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is self-isolating after being exposed last weekend to a member of his household staff who had COVID-19, but Duterte has twice tested negative after exposure, his spokesman said Thursday.

The 76-year-old leader continues to work while in quarantine and remains in communication with his cabinet members to resolve urgent issues and pandemic-related concerns, said Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.

Duterte has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received his booster shot last month.

Nograles confirmed on social media reports that Duterte went to Cardinal Santos Medical Center in the suburbs of the San Juan district of the metropolitan area, but said the visit was for a “routine medical check-up only.” He did not say when Duterte went to the hospital or provided other details.

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