AFP chief now tests negative for coronavirus

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) — The military top official has now tested negative for COVID-19, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

"We are pleased to announce that the AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos, Jr., has tested negative for COVID-19," AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo announced in a statement Sunday.

"He is thereby deemed to have recovered, although he has not experienced any of the symptoms of the virus infection ever since," he added.

Arevalo said Santos continued to carry on with his duties and responsibilities as the Chief of Staff, even as he was quarantined in his quarters.

"We wish to thank everyone for the continuing prayers and support accorded to the AFP chief, and to every soldier, airman, sailor, and marine, who tirelessly protect [our] fellow Filipinos and the communities against COVID-19," the spokesman said.

The negative test results of the AFP officer came out Sunday. It can be recalled that he has tested positive for the coronavirus infection on March 27.

The Philippines now has a total of 3,094 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 144 deaths and 57 recoveries.