DOH confirms deaths of 3 more COVID-19 patients

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 12 2020 10:43 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2020 12:11 AM

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday evening confirmed that three more COVID-19 patients have died, bringing the total death toll in the country to five.

These are cases PH6, PH5 and PH37.

“This brings the total number of mortalities in the country to five (5),” the DOH said in a statement.

Cases PH5 and PH6 are a married couple. Case PH5 is a 62-year-old man from Cainta, Rizal who frequented a prayer hall in San Juan City.

The DOH said the wife, case PH6, “experienced difficulty of breathing and was intubated late evening of March 11.”

“She expired the same night from acute respiratory distress syndrome due to severe pneumonia secondary to COVID-19,” the statement said. “Repeat chest x-ray showed progressive pneumonia. PH6 is a known diabetic.”

“PH5, the husband of PH6, also expired late evening of March 11 due to acute respiratory distress syndrome from severe pneumonia secondary to COVID-19. PH5 is a known Diabetic and Hypertensive who developed Acute Kidney Injury,” the DOH added.

Case PH37, on the other hand, is an 88-year-old Filipina from Pasig City who was admitted to the Philippine Heart Center.

It is also not known how she acquired the disease since she had no travel history, based on data released by the DOH.

“PH37 was admitted on March 6 at the Philippine Heart Center, after experiencing onset of symptoms on February 28. PH37 was confirmed with COVID-19 on March 11 and was reported to have existing hypertension,” the DOH said.

“The patient expired this afternoon, with Acute Respiratory Failure as the cause of death,” it added.

There are now 52 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. Five have died and two have recovered.