CNN Philippines — “I am hoping and praying for everyone’s safety and good health. Please don’t let the sacrifices of health workers and other frontliners go to waste. Let us all stay home.”
Thus said former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in a statement.
He had undergone testing for the coronavirus disease after arriving home from his trip to Spain, his sister Senator Imee Marcos said on Thursday.
Imee Marcos also said that she and her 90-year-old mother, former first lady Imelda Marcos, are "OK."
"He came back from Spain unwell. Finally got a test 2 nights ago," she told reporters in a text message, saying the test was for COVID-19.
The former senator himself said he is recuperating well at home.
"I am deeply touched and overwhelmed by your concern over my condition. Don't worry, I am doing ok and contrary to popular belief, I am home on self-quarantine," Marcos said in a statement.
He added that he was feeling "a little under the weather" a few days ago that's why he opted to get tested, adding he has yet to receive the results.
“I am deeply touched and overwhelmed by your concern over my condition. Don’t worry, I am doing ok and contrary to popular belief, I am home on self-quarantine.
As my sister said, a few days ago I was feeling a little under the weather and as a result went to get checked. We are still waiting for the results.
Fortunately, I feel much better and am getting stronger by the day. I have no doubt in my mind that this is partly due to the excellent work of the nurses and doctors who helped me during this time.
I am inspired and moved by the show of courage and commitment of our health workers. You are our true heroes in these most trying times. Thank you!!
Again, thank you for your love and concern.”
Spain has now seen more deaths from the coronavirus pandemic than any other country except Italy. The nation has recorded 3,647 deaths, pushing it above China in total fatalities. The total number of cases in the country rose to 49,515, putting it fourth in the world, behind China, Italy and the United States, according to data from the COVID-19 tracker of the Johns Hopkins University.
CNN Philippines correspondent Joyce Ilas contributed to this report.