Infected Philippine senator under fire for bringing wife to hospital Mar 26, 2020 0 45 12345 DPAManilaA second Philippine senator on Wednesday confirmed he had tested positive for the coronavirus, but had brought his pregnant wife to hospital before he found out, triggering public outrage for possibly exposing other people to the disease.Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, who admitted suffering flu-like symptoms since March 14, said he found out he was positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday evening when he was at hospital with his wife ahead of a scheduled caesarian section delivery.“I have quarantined myself upon the doctor’s advice and consistent with the protocol,” he said in a statement. “I feel I am, with God’s help, on the way to recovery.” Instead of feeling sorry for Pimentel, Filipinos expressed anger over his decision to bring his wife to hospital when he should have been in isolation.“Stupid and selfish,” one tweet said, while others called for sanctions against the senator, including throwing him in jail.“Shame on you, Koko Pimentel! You put doctors and the sick in danger,” said Kip Oebanda, a film director. “How can our senators be so callous, irresponsbible and self-centered? Disgusting! We will never forget this.” Pimentel was the second top government official to test positive for Covid-19 in the Philippines. Last week, Senator Miguel Zubiri announced he was Covid-19 positivie, but did not have symptoms. There are 552 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Philippines, including 35 deaths as of Tuesday, the Department of Health said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Hubei residents rush to leave virus epicentre as China lifts lockdown Mar 26, 2020 0 1651 India’s supply lines buckle as sweeping coronavirus lockdown starts Mar 26, 2020 0 258 Kabul temple attack leaves 25 dead, questions about attacker Mar 26, 2020 0 325 Tokyo residents urged to stay home as virus cases climb Tokyo Tokyo’s governor urged residents to stay home this weekend, warning of a possible “explosion” of the coronavirus with a record 41 new cases discovered on Wednesday. Yuriko Koike said the Japanese capital, so far .. Coronavirus cases in Pakistan reach 1,000 Islamabad The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has reached 1,000, the country’s health ministry said on Wednesday. Around 100 new cases were identified in the last 12 hours, a spokesperson for the health ministry .. Australia condemns China’s ‘indictment’ of academic Sydney Australia on Wednesday hit out at China’s apparent decision to indict a prominent author on spying charges, insisting he is at risk from COVID-19 and must be freed. “The government strongly objects to the formal .. Thailand bars entry as state of emergency bites AFP Bangkok Thailand barred entry into the kingdom late on Wednesday, enacting sweeping emergency powers in a bid to stem the local spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The measures, which stopped short of a full lockdown ..