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Back to work: Duque ends home quarantine, announces arrival of first batch of PPE sets


Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is back reporting physically to the Department of Health office in Manila.

Duque shared on Twitter that he has ended his home quarantine, showing no symptoms of the coronavirus.

“Back in San Lazaro Compound after finishing my quarantine,” the health secretary tweeted, posting a snap working at the office wearing a face mask.

Duque earlier went on self-quarantine after exposure to a colleague who tested positive for the coronavirus. He later tested negative for the coronavirus but continued his home quarantine as a precaution.

In another post on Twitter, Duque announced the arrival of the first batch of personal protective equipment sets for health workers battling the new coronavirus disease on Tuesday night.

“I wish to inform everyone that the first batch of PPE arrived last night. Thank you to the Philippine Air Force for ensuring the delivery of these much needed PPE,” he said.

The medical supplies worth P1.8 billion were reportedly procured by the DOH from China. A PPE set includes headcover, coverall, gloves, N95 masks, shoe cover, surgical mask, goggles, and a surgical gown.

The remaining batch of PPE sets are expected to be delivered in the coming weeks.

Duque said he welcomes information on where else the government can buy cheaper yet quality PPE sets for health frontliners.

“Kung May Alam kayo na bilihan ng mas mababang presyo na dekalidad at kumpleto, maaring ipag-bigay alam sa amin,” he tweeted.

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