Senator Gordon tests positive for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 28) — Senator Richard Gordon has tested positive for COVID-19.

Gordon said he received his test result on Wednesday, adding he is undergoing home quarantine.

"I am feeling slightly under the weather but am exhibiting no other symptoms as of now," Gordon said in a statement. "I will continue to observe my symptoms and report any significant changes to my doctor."

The Philippine Red Cross chairman urged those he was in contact with to isolate immediately and undergo an RT-PCR test five to seven days after the exposure.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, the lawmaker confirmed he met with Vice President Leni Robredo last week for a possible partnership in the 2022 polls, but he said no commitment has been made.

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The meeting was held in a private residence and lasted for more than two hours, according to Gordon.

On Monday, Gordon virtually attended the opening of the third regular session of the Senate, and the State of the Nation Address that followed.

He also participated in the plenary session on Tuesday through video conferencing.

Fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Gordon also stressed the importance of getting an anti-coronavirus shot.

Health experts said inoculated people can still catch the virus but the vaccines can prevent severe infection, hospitalization and death.

"I am grateful for the protection the vaccine affords me today," Gordon said. "Vaccines work and they save lives."

Senators Miguel Zubiri, Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, Sonny Angara, Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr., and Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa also contracted COVID-19, and they have recovered.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Tristan Nodalo and Eimor Santos contributed to this report.