‘I’ll be fine’: De Lima tests positive for COVID-19

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 Former senator Leila de Lima (PHOTO FROM VIDEO FROM DE LIMA CAMP)

MANILA, Philippines — Former Senator Leila de Lima has been infected with COVID-19, she disclosed on Monday.

De Lima said that she tested COVID-19-positive in both antigen and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction tests on Sunday.

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The detained senator said that she started experiencing COVID-19 symptoms after the hearing in one of the drug cases against her.

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“When attending recent hearings in the 2 remaining trumped-up charges, with practically jampacked courtrooms, I felt it was just a matter of time before contracting the virus.

“So it is that last Saturday, Nov. 5, or a day after the hearing in one of the cases, I started having colds (running nose), mild cough, itchy throat and joint/body aches short of feverish, which prompted the tests,” she said in a statement.

De Lima is currently in self-isolation and taking prescribed medicines.

“Now in self-isolation (nothing new for me) in my isolated detention quarters. Taking anti-viral meds as prescribed by my doctors. Resting, reading a novel, praying,” she said.

The former senator asked her staff to advise individuals she came in contact with during the November 4 hearing to self-monitor.