Manny Pacquiao tests himself for coronavirus after being told to self-isolate

Manny Pacquiao claims he has tested negative for coronavirus using an unapproved diagnostic kit.

The eight-division world champion has been spearheading the fight against the crisis in the Philippines.

He and his family were warned to stay at home after the fighter came into contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19.

But Pacquiao has now said he acquired a testing kit from Korea which determined he had not caught the virus.

"My countrymen, I would like to make it clear that even before I received the letter from [Dasmarinas Village, Makati] Barangay Captain Rossana Hwang, I already started home quarantine,' he said in a statement.

"Please don't worry. I received rapid testing kits from my friends from South Korea. Using these kits approved in Korea, I tested negative. The FDA [Food and Drug Administration] hasn't approved them yet but these are what's used in Korea.​

"The rapidly-increasing numbers of those infected by the disease around the world has led to facilities to test the kits being in short supply in several affected countries.

"I've been encouraged a while back to get tested at RITM [Research Institute for Tropical Medicine], but I want to let it be known that I have not felt any symptoms.

"It's an entirely different conversation when I'm feeling something strange in my body. I am willing to undergo swab testing for the sake of my family and my country, but I will go through the regular procedure.

"I believe that there are many more persons under investigation or PUI that should be prioritised in testing."

The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 30,000 people worldwide but Pacquiao previously claimed he was not afraid to die during the fight to combat the pandemic.

"You have to lead and let people see that you are with them," he said. "You must not hide because you are afraid of dying. I grew up poor. I know what they (poor people) feel."

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