COVID-19 cases in Philippines breach 200-mark, deaths climb to 17

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2020 04:42 PM | Updated as of Mar 18 2020 05:22 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday announced 15 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total in the country to 202.

It also confirmed three new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 17. 

The first additional fatality is PH201, a 58-year-old Filipino male from Lanao del Sur who traveled to Malaysia. He was confined at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center on March 10, and died seven days later due to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) secondary to COVID-19.

ARDS is a kind of lung damage where fluid fills the lungs. It is observed in severe cases of COVID-19.

PH201, who had diabetes, was only confirmed as a COVID-19 case on Wednesday, a day after succumbing to the disease.

The second new fatality is PH57, a 65-year-old Filipino male from Pasig City who recently traveled to London.

He was admitted at The Medical City-Ortigas on March 10 and was confirmed as a COVID-19 patient on March 13. He died on March 17 due to ARDS and pneumonia. The man had hypertension and diabetes.

The third new fatality is PH160, an 86-year-old Filipino female from San Juan City. The patient does not have any travel history or exposure to a known COVID-19 case.

She was admitted to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 16. She died on a day later due to “septic shock second to pneumonia-high risk secondary to COVID-19,” according to the Department of Health bulletin.

Her pre-existing conditions are chronic kidney disease secondary to hypertensive nephrosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, and peripheral arterial occlusive disease.

The number of recovered patients stood at 7, including a 24-year-old Filipino male from Makati City who recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates; a 34-year-old Filipino male from Camarines Sur who was aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan; and, a 34-year-old male from Quezon City with travel history to Australia.

The Philippine main island of Luzon has been placed under enhanced community quarantine while a state of calamity was declared for the entire country to address the pandemic that originated from China.