PBBM still works while in his 5-day quarantine

In a statement released at 12 midnight on Dec. 5, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) disclosed that Marcos has contracted the viral infection and he will be under isolation for five days.

"President (Ferdinand) Bongbong Marcos has tested positive for Covid-19. Upon medical advice, he will observe a period of isolation for five days," the PCO said. "The President remains fit to carry out his duties and will be continuing his scheduled meetings via teleconference," it added.

The Palace further said that updates on his health will be provided as available.

With this, the President encouraged the public to take precautions to safeguard their health, such as vaccinating and voluntary mask-wearing when entering crowded places, especially during this holiday season.

This is the third time Marcos has contracted Covid-19. He last tested positive for the disease in July 2022.

His first bout with Covid-19 was in March 2020 during the height of the pandemic.

In July this year, Marcos finally lifted the State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines due to the viral disease, citing the decreasing trend in related deaths and hospitalizations and the high levels of population immunity to the virus