Mayor Sara extends leave, contracts Covid-19 virus


DAVAO CITY—City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio contracted the Covid-19 virus last week and had to extend her leave of absence from the City Hall.

In her official Facebook page, the city government posted the announcement on October 9 that the mayor “tested positive for Covid-19 tonight.”

“She has mild symptoms and is in isolation caring for other family members who need medical attention in Davao City,” the post added.  It requested complete privacy “at this time and respectfully urges the public to refrain from sending tokens for well wishes.”

It also asked everyone who came in close contact with the mayor in the last 14 days to self-monitor for symptoms and get RT-PCR tested five to seven days from contact with her.

City Hall said Duterte-Carpio earlier underwent a swab test on Monday last week as part of her preparations for a scheduled travel abroad on official leave of absence the following day. She said she tested negative for the Covid-19. But on Saturday last week, she took another test which turned positive.

She was supposed to hold her regular Monday radio broadcast on Monday but it was canceled. A person who tested positive of the virus has to undergo a quarantine of 14 days.

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