Palace says PBBM’s 5-day isolation ends Dec. 10

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos

December 9, 2023, 12:59 pm

<p><em>(PNA file photo)</em></p>

(PNA file photo)

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., who has contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for the third time, will finish his five-day isolation on Sunday, Malacañang said Saturday.

“As per DOH (Department of Health) guidelines, his (Marcos) 5-day isolation period will end tomorrow, Sunday,” Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil said in a statement sent to Palace reporters.

Marcos’ latest positive result was announced on Dec. 5.

Despite his condition, the President continues to fulfill his duties.

DOH Department Circular 2023-0324 issued in July updated the isolation and mask rules for confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Home isolation for five days is required for individuals who catch the virus, with or without symptoms.

Isolation can be shortened if the patient is “fever-free for at least 24 hours without using antipyretics [such as] paracetamol and with improvement of respiratory systems.”

However, they are still required to wear a well-fitted face mask for 10 days.

Marcos first contracted the disease in March 2020, which supposedly happened after returning home from a trip to Spain.

Hew got infected again in July 2022. (PNA)