Mayor Isko leaves hospital after bout with COVID-19; Sen. Lapid, AFP chief, Laguna solon also infected

FORMER MANILA MAYOR Francisco Domagoso, popularly known as Isko Moreno , in a file photo

By Claire Morales True
MANILA — It’s work as usual for Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso following his discharge from the Sta. Ana Hospital where he had been confined due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

During his bout with Covid-19, the mayor experienced mild Covid-19 symptoms such as slight coughs, colds, and body pains.

Domagoso also reported loss of smell and taste during his confinement.

He was brought to the hospital after testing positive for the virus on August 15.
Domagoso will have to undergo quarantine but assured he will continue to oversee the city government.
Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna Pangan, who is a doctor, was also infected with the virus, and is about to end her mandated quarantine.
Other officials were also infected with COVID-19 like Laguna  Rep. Ruth Mariano Hernandez who became the latest member of the House of Representatives to test positive for COVID-19. Earlier, her husband, Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez tested positive for the virus. Three congressmen already have died due to the virus.
Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan also tested positive for COVID-19 infection and at press time was in isolation.

The mayor said those who came in close contact with him have gone on self-isolation and underwent testing.

Malapitan also assured his constituents the city government would continue its operations amid the still raging pandemic.

Sen. Manuel Lito Lapid and Armed Forces (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino, Jr. have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

Lapid is the seventh Philippine senator who tested positive for COVID-19 after  Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Juan Edgardo Sonny Angara, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., and Ronald Dela Rosa.

Two former senators – Heherson Alvarez and John Osmena – have died due to complications from the virus.

The offices of both Senator Lapid and Gen. Faustino disclosed that they underwent COVID-19 RT-PCR tests and found positive for the virus.

Lawyer Jericho Acedera, Lapid’s chief of staff, said Lapid was confined for  treatment at the Medical City inside the Clark Freeport in Pampanga.

Acedera said Lapid’s doctors consider his case as “mild to moderate.”