'Unwell' Bongbong Marcos awaiting COVID-19 test result

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) — Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. had undergone testing for the coronavirus disease after arriving home sick from his trip to Spain, his sister Senator Imee Marcos said on Thursday.

"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.

Unconfirmed reports circulated on Wednesday night that the son of former strongman Ferdinand Marcos contracted pneumonia during his trip to Spain and was intubated in a Metro Manila hospital.

The former senator himself denied this, saying 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.

The losing 2016 vice presidential candidate said 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. He did not specify what test he underwent.

Imee Marcos also said that she and her 90-year-old mother, former first lady Imelda Marcos, are "OK."

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.