Negros Oriental councilor with COVID-19 dies

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 15 2020 02:17 PM

MANILA - A councilor of Tayasan town in Negros Oriental infected with COVID-19 died Sunday morning, a health official said.

It was not immediately clear if the patient is among the list of fatalities from the new coronavirus disease reported so far by the Department of Health.

The local official, set to be cremated Sunday, likely died from multiple organ failure, according to Mark Angelo Llosa, chief of Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.

"The patient has a lot of health problems, immuno-compromised siyang pasyente, from the previous history of kidney transplant, of course multiple organ failure probably," he said.

Three of 15 people in the province suspected of carrying the virus have tested negative, while 264 are being monitored.

The local government has implemented stricter screening measures in its borders to prevent the virus spread. Several towns and provinces have been placed under community quarantine like Metro Manila.

--Report from Martian Muyco, ABS-CBN News