DepEd chief tests negative for COVID-19

April 13, 2020

EDUCATION Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday said she has tested negative for the dreaded disease , days after announcing that she has coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Briones, revealed on April 9 that she has contracted COVID-19, adding that she is asymptomatic .

"Good news! Early this morning, nag-text si Secretary Duque, na ang test ko ay negative (Good news! Early this morning, Health Secretary Duque texted me, and said that I tested negative for COVID-19),” she said during a television interview.

It was learned that on April 2 Briones took a test upon learning that a Cabinet member who attended an urgent meeting with her last March 23 announced he contracted the disease.

Briones did not identify the government official, but Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said March 31 that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Briones, she sought advice from Ano who had already recovered from the dreaded disease.

Briones said Ano recommended to her the traditional ways of healing to boost her immune system.

Briones said that she practiced that traditional ways such as gargling warm water with salt, drinking salabat o ginger tea, and eating a balanced diet as suggested by Ano and her relatives.

The 79–year- old  DepEd secretary said that she is not putting her guard down despite testing negative for COVID-19, saying she remains very careful until now.

“I am still being careful. This does not mean we will be careless, it does not mean that we will relax, or go outside because we already tested negative,” she said.