Manny Pacquiao tested for coronavirus as boxing legend is told to self-isolate

Manny Pacquiao has been tested for coronavirus – and the boxing legend is adamant he hasn’t got the disease.

After originating in the Wuhan province of China, COVID-19 has swept across the globe.

It is now a global pandemic with cases rising steeply in Europe and the USA over the weekend.

Pacquiao and his family were told to self isolate after he came into contact with someone who had tested positive for the disease.

But the 41-year-old says he’s tested himself with a kit from Korea and is all clear.

"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.

"You have to lead and let people see that you are with them.

”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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