Philippine Senator Aquilino Pimentel brought his wife to Manila’s Makati Medical Center (MMC) on Tuesday night to give birth, while awaiting results for his own Chinese coronavirus test.
MMC medical director Dr. Saturnino Javier admonished Pimentel for visiting the hospital despite already experiencing symptoms for the Chinese coronavirus in a statement on Wednesday.
The lawmaker described his visit to MMC on Tuesday night in an interview with the Philippine cable channel ANC on Thursday.
In his radio interview, MMC Director Javier said that the time Pimentel received his test result was “immaterial” since the senator was already experiencing Chinese coronavirus symptoms prior to the hospital visit.
People suspected of having the Chinese coronavirus must complete a 14-day self-quarantine, per Department of Health guidelines.