Defense chief Lorenzana set to return to work after recovering from COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20) -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday confirmed that he is now free of COVID-19.

“Thank you for your prayers and for wishing prayers and for wishing me well during my COVID-19 experience,” he said in a statement. “I was asymptomatic and my last test result after completing my isolation period is already negative.”

“I can finally return to work and continue serving the Filipino people,” added Lorenzana.

The 72-year-old Cabinet member announced last April 6 that he tested positive for the virus, but he was asymptomatic.

Lorenzana was virtually present at the Cabinet meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.

The country listed on Tuesday 7,379 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 953,106. Meanwhile, the recovery count is now at 809,959 while the number of fatalities has reached 16,141.