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3 more Filipinos die of Covid-19 in PH, raising total tally to 5

13 March 2020

By The SUN

RITM in Alabang, where the Filipino couple died of  Covid-19 a day apart

Three new deaths from the coronavirus disease or Covid-19, were reported in the Philippines late on Mar 12.

The Department of Health said the fatalities include a 62-year-old Filipino man and his 59-year-old Filipina wife, the first known local transmission cases in the country. They both died at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City.

The third is an 88-year-old Filipina who died shortly after being admitted to the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. She tested positive for Covid-19 only the day before.
The couple, known as the fifth and sixth cases, died less than a week after being diagnosed with the disease.

The fatalities are among the Philippines’ 52 cases of Covid-19 as of this writing. They brought to five the total number of deaths in the country.

The other day, a 67-year-old woman died at Manila Doctors Hospital, becoming the first Filipino fatality from the disease, and the second in the country.
A 44-year-old man from Wuhan who died on Feb 1 at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila was recorded as the Philippines’ first known death.

The couple who died on the same day were residents of  Cainta, Rizal, who frequented a Muslim prayer hall in Greenhills, San Juan City. Another couple who worshipped at the same place with them has both been infected by the virus.

The fatalities had no recent travel history, leading to the conclusion that they had been infected locally.
According to the DOH, the woman suddenly experienced breathing difficulty and was intubated late on Mar 11. She died shortly afterwards from acute respiratory distress due to severe pneumonia.

Her husband, who was hypertensive and a diabetic, expired the next day also from severe pneumonia secondary to Covid-19.

The third fatality also had no travel history outside the Philippines. The elderly woman had hypertension, and her cause of death was listed as acute respiratory failure.
The first Filipino fatality succumbed to the virus hours after being admitted to Manila Doctors
The woman who died a day earlier reportedly had high fever on Feb. 29 but refused to go to a hospital for treatment. She was diagnosed with Covid-19 only on Mar 11, and died within hours.

Her husband, a well-known economist, is also in hospital because of the virus. He acted as a resource person in a Senate hearing on Mar 5, prompting some senators and other people present at the session to undergo self-quarantine.
The couple also had no recent travel history abroad. They reportedly caught the virus when they attended a wake at a church in Forbes Park, Makati City.

Two other people at the wake who had just flown in from abroad, also tested positive for the disease.

The 16 new cases reported on Mar 11 was the highest single-day tally in the Philippines, which saw a spike in cases only four days earlier.

Among the new cases involved a private doctor residing in Quezon City who apparently fell ill after treating a patient with the disease.

DOH records show 794 patients have been examined for possible infection since the outbreak started in late January this year. Of this number, 68 remain in various hospitals, where at least three are said to be in serious condition. The rest have been discharged.

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