Grab Philippines Chief Is Negative for COVID-19, But His Singapore-Based Golf Partner Tested Positive

Brian Cu was exposed to the colleague at a golf club in San Juan.

Grab Philippines Country Manager Brian Cu does not have COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Cu had himself tested last March 2 after a colleague who he said was his guest at a golf club in Manila tested positive for the virus when he (the colleague) flew back to Singapore. 

In a statement received by Esquire Philippines, Cu said he got himself tested for the virus after his contact with the colleague, first at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City for X-ray and CBC screening. Both tests came out negative. Samples from Cu’s nose and mouth were also sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang for the actual COVID-19 test.

The result of this COVID-19 test came out on Wednesday, March 11, and it was negative, Grab representatives said.

However, Grab also confirmed that one of its employees in its corporate office in Singapore tested positive for COVID-19 on March 7, 2020. It was the colleague whom Cu brought with him as a guest to Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club in San Juan City. 

“As of 11 March 2020, we can confirm that no employees in the Philippines tested positive for COVID-19,” Grab Philippines said.

It was earlier reported that Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club was on lockdown after one of its members reportedly brought a guest there who later turned out to be positive for COVID-19.

As of March 11, 2020, there are 49 number of confirmed cases of persons with COVID-19 in the country.

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