MANILA, Philippines, March 23 ------ Seventy-three new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have pushed the country’s total to 380, the Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday. As of Saturday night, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases jumped from 307 to 380 and with six new deaths, the number of fatalities rose from 19 to 25, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
An 81-year-old Filipino male from San Juan with no travel history or exposure to a COVID-19 patient died last Wednesday, the same day he was confirmed positve for the infection.
A 34-year-old Filipino male from Quezon City, who was a known diabetic, died last Saturday night or three days after he was confirmed positive for the disease.
A 60-year-old female from Quezon City also died on the same day. She came from France and was admitted to the hospital last March 14.
A 56-year-old Filipino male from San Juan City was pronounced dead last Thursday and was confirmed positive for the disease a day later.
A 79-year-old female from Batangas with travel history from the United Kingdom and exposure to a COVID-19 positive patient died last Friday or nine days after she was confirmed positive for the infection.
A 69-year-old Filipino male from Quezon City, who had no travel history or exposure but was a known diabetic and hypertensive, died on March 16 or four days after he was confirmed positive for COVID-19.
Vergeire said the DOH also recorded 17 patients recovering from the disease.
Among them is a 73-year-old Filipino male from Quezon City, who had exposure to a known COVID-19 patient. He was discharged last Thursday after testing negative and staying asymptomatic.
Another resident of Quezon City, a 26-year-old male who also had exposure to a known COVID-19 patient, tested negative and was discharged from hospital on March 16.
A hypertensive 51-year-old Filipino female from San Juan was also discharged from hospital last Wednesday, nine days after she was confirmed positive for the disease.
A 38-year-old Taiwanese male from Makati, who had exposure to a known positive case, was also discharged last Saturday after testing positive on March 8.
Vergeire said health authorities are still determining what contributed to the recovery of 17 COVID-19 patients even though some of them had underlying conditions.