Christopher de Leon's co-stars in self-quarantine after his COVID-19 diagnosis

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) — ABS-CBN has advised the cast and crew of TV drama "Love Thy Woman" to undergo self-quarantine after one of its lead actors, Christopher de Leon tested positive for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

"[W]e have advised those who might have interacted with him during the tapings of 'Love Thy Woman' to undergo self quarantine," the network said in a statement on Wednesday.

One of the actresses, Zsa Zsa Padilla, said they have heeded the management's call.

"All co-actors/staff and crew of #LTW (Love Thy Woman) are already on quarantine so taking lots of fluids, Vit C and some exercise," Padilla said on Twitter.

'Love Thy Woman' lead actress Kim Chiu called for prayers for De Leon on her Instagram page.

Other members of the cast include Xian Lim, Yam Concepcion, Eula Valdes, Sunshine Cruz, and Ruffa Gutierrez.

ABS-CBN stressed that while it has stopped the tapings of all its teleseryes, it will continue to monitor the workers' situation and provide them with the necessary assistance.

"The safety of our artists, crew, production teams, and their families are important to us," it added.

Starting this week, ABS-CBN has been airing its old shows on prime time amid the threat of COVID-19.

On Tuesday, De Leon announced that he has tested positive for the disease, and asked his colleagues who have interacted with him in the last two weeks to isolate themselves.

The Philippines now has 193 COVID-19 cases – 14 of them died while seven have recovered. The entire Luzon island group has been placed under "enhanced community quarantine" to contain the spread of the virus.

To prevent infection, authorities are urging people to practice regular hand washing, cover the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoid close contact with those who exhibit virus symptoms.