Isolation czar Mark Villar virus positive

PUBLIC Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, who was recently announced as the government’s isolation czar for the coronavirus pandemic, has tested positive for the disease.

Villar made the announcement through social media a day after he was announced to take charge of isolation efforts.

“I regret to announce that today, July 15, I received my test result and it is positive for COVID-19,” he said.

Villar was introduced as one of the country’s “anti-COVID-19 czars” on Monday. He was joined by National Task Force Against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer Vivencio Dizon (chief testing czar), Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong (chief tracing czar), and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega (chief treatment czar).

Prior to testing positive for the disease, Villar said Monday that the government is eyeing to build 50 new quarantine facilities in the next three weeks.

“Ang target namin in the next three weeks magtatayo kami ng additional 50 quarantine facilities and we can expect na malaki ang madadagdag sa ating kapasidad para sa ating mga COVID patients,” he said then.