Former health chief tests positive for COVID-19

PHILSTAR

ILOILO Rep. Janette L. Garin, a former Health secretary, is among the latest government officials to test positive for coronavirus.

She told reporters Wednesday that she is experiencing just mild symptoms but has to be under strict monitoring as she is tachycardic, a condition wherein the heart beats at over 100 beats per minute.

“It is fortunate that I am fully vaccinated. I can sleep soundly with the hope that this will not be severe despite my pre-existing conditions: asthma, hypertension and Raynaud’s disease,” Ms. Garin said in a statement.

She also said that she has informed those who have been exposed to her since Aug. 16 to undergo quarantine and monitor for possible symptoms.

Ms. Garin served as secretary of Health from Dec. 2014 to June 2016 under the late former President Benigno S.C. Aquino III. — Russell Louis C. Ku