MANILA – Four of the five patients who recently recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) were senior citizens, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Saturday.
“Today, DOH announces five new recoveries (four elderly, one of which is a severe case). This brings the total number of recoveries to 13,” the agency said in its 4 p.m. bulletin.
Patient 41, a 75-year-old Filipino woman from Makati City, was among those who recovered. The patient previously traveled to the United States and was exposed to Covid-19 cases.
She was confirmed positive for the disease on March 11 and was eventually discharged on March 17 “asymptomatic with 1 negative result”.
Patient 16, a 70-year-old Filipino male from San Juan City and a known hypertensive, was discharged on March 19 “asymptomatic with 2 negative results”.
The two remaining elderly persons also recovered this week.
Patient 17, the 69-year-old wife of Patient 11, exhibited symptoms on March 2 and was eventually diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 9. She was discharged on March 19 “asymptomatic with 2 negative results”.
Meanwhile, Patient 49, a 72-year-old Filipino male from Batangas, was discharged from the hospital on March 21 “asymptomatic with 2 negative results”.
The DOH reiterated that elderly people with an average of 66 years of age and those with underlying medical conditions are the most vulnerable to the disease.
To date, the Philippines has a total of 307 recorded cases of Covid-19. (PNA)