DOH confirms second death in PH due to COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines – (Updated) The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Wednesday night, March 11, the circulating reports regarding the death of a confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in Manila.
DOH confirms second death in PH due to COVID-19

In a Facebook post, DOH said that the reported death is the patient with ID PH35 confined at Manila Doctors Hospital in Manila City. The patient is a 67-year-old Filipino woman with no travel history.

This brings the total number of mortalities in the country to two (2), including the first COVID-19 death in the Philippines last February 1.

PH35, who experienced symptoms on February 29, was admitted last March 5, 2020 at the Manila Doctors’ Hospital, and swabbed for testing last March 8. The patient who tested positive last March 11 passed away around noon of the same day due to severe pneumonia. The patient had existing medical conditions, namely hypertension and diabetes mellitus. PH35 was admitted together with her husband PH34 who remains confined in Manila Doctors Hospital.

“Our recent mortality have underlying medical conditions, making the patient extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. So we reiterate that the best way to protect yourself from the disease is to keep yourself healthy and practice general preventive measures: proper handwashing, cough etiquette, and social distancing.” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III explained.

Available data show that elderly people (average of 66 years) and those with underlying medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and immunosuppression are vulnerable to this disease.

“We further urge those who are immunocompromised and are with existing health conditions to be more vigilant and avoid crowded areas and mass gatherings.” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III stated.

Today, the health department reported 16 additional positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 49.

SEE: Summary of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines

— The Summit Express

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