MANILA (2nd UPDATE)—The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday confirmed that another patient died of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Manila.
The patient was a 67-year-old Filipina confined at Manila Doctors Hospital, according to DOH data.
She was among the 16 new cases announced by the DOH earlier in the day.
The patient got the virus through local transmission, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III confirmed.
Her husband, a 72-year-old Filipino man, is also confined at Manila Doctors Hospital due to the virus.
The woman is the second COVID-19 death in the Philippines so far, but is the first Filipino fatality in the country.
The Philippines' first coronavirus-linked death was a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan, China, where the disease's outbreak started.
As of Wednesday, the Philippines has 49 confirmed COVID-19 cases.