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Duque: Zubiri's COVID-19 test result may be 'false positive'


Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri's positive result to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may not be accurate, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday.

"Kung hindi nga lang tayo medyo may limitasyon pa sa testing capacity, gusto ko sanang ipasuri siya ulit kasi hindi naman talagang 100% [accurate]... mayroon din kahit papaanong nakakalusot na mga false positive," Duque said in a radio interview.

"Gusto kong ipaulit ito pero in the meantime mas mahalaga na mag-quarantine muna siya. Tapusin na lang niya ng sampung araw pa. Ang mahalaga wala siyang sintomas," he added.

Zubiri on Monday night announced that he received a call from Duque confirming that he tested positive for COVID-19.

He pointed out that he contracted the virus despite taking strict precautionary measures.

Zubiri said he was asymptomatic and is currently undergoing home quarantine.

Meanwhile, Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Nancy Binay have already tested negative for the virus.

The two lawmakers have been exposed to a COVID-19-positive resource person who attended a Senate hearing on March 5. --Dona Magsino/KBK, GMA News