Ex-President Erap’s condition stable and improving, says son Jinggoy

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7)— Former President Joseph Estrada remains in intensive care after contracting COVID-19, but his condition is “improving,” his son former Senator Jinggoy Estrada said Wednesday.

“He is still confined at the intensive care unit and his condition is stable,” the younger Estrada told CNN Philippines’ Balitaan. “His health is improving, the doctor just updated me right now.”

The former chief executive was rushed to the hospital on March 28 and tested positive for coronavirus. He was sedated and moved to the ICU on April 4, and was put on a ventilator earlier this week due to “worsening pneumonia.”

In a separate Facebook post also on Wednesday, the former senator cited information from doctors that his father's “inflammatory markers are on a downward trend.”

“Hopefully this signals that his immune system is responding well,” he said, adding that his father’s vital organs are also functioning well.

Estrada likewise expressed hope that his 83-year-old father can be discharged from the hospital before the former president's birthday on April 19.

The former senator also revealed he is on self-quarantine after his wife and other family members tested positive for COVID-19 this week.