MANILA — The Department of Health has on Saturday confirmed two (2) additional COVID-19 deaths on top of the one announced earlier today. That brings the total number of COVID-19 mortalities in the country to eight.
This includes the mortality earlier announced by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Early this morning, Saturday, the DOH reported the sixth fatality, a patient from Lanao del Sur who has no history of recent travel.
The patient, the 40th COVID-19 case in the country, died on March 13 “from acute respiratory distress syndrome due to severe pneumonia” with acute kidney injury.
It was gathered the patient had been confined at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro since March 3 after experiencing symptoms on Feb. 24.
No. 40 patient was a 54-year-old Filipino male whose COVID-19 affliction was confirmed just on March 11, or 2 days before his death, a first recorded death outside Metro Manila.
Presently, the Philippines has a total of 64 cases of the coronavirus, including patients with no known travel history.
The first fatality was that of a 44-year-old Chinese man, who came from Wuhan City, China where the fast-spreading disease originated.
The patient tagged as PH2 or patient 2, a Chinese man, was then the first novel coronavirus-related death recorded outside China.
In March, the Philippines recorded another fatality – a 67-year-old Filipina who contracted the disease through local transmission.
Globally, the virus has infected more than 132,000 and killed nearly 5,000 in 122 countries and territories, latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) showed. (IAMIGO/sovereignph.com)