Juxtaposed: COVID-19 test privilege of gov’t officials, health workers, vulnerable sector

How many high-ranking government officials undergo repeated Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction tests?

Some social media users raised this question after Health Secretary Francisco Duque said that he has already undergone 56 swab tests.

Duque disclosed this during an event at Barangay Baclaran, Parañaque City on March 19.

He said, “Ako po bilang kalihim and madalas pong makipagpulong kay Pangulo, e kinakailangang magpa-swab. Ngayon po naka 56 swab test na po ako.”

The controversial health secretary also claimed that he continued to test negative for COVID-19 because he observes the mandated minimum health protocols.

Duque also promoted the Department of Health’s “Bida Bastonero” initiative where he and other health officials visit public areas to enforce the recommended one-meter physical distancing.

Based on reports, he also distributed free masks and shields to residents and vendors.

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