Western Mindanao city sees first death related to novel coronavirus


Posted at Apr 21 2020 10:00 AM

A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, shows a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus linked to the Wuhan outbreak, shared with Reuters on Feb. 18, 2020. NEXU Science Communication/Reuters

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Western Mindanao region recorded Tuesday its first death related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a hospital here said. 

The 94-year-old male patient, a resident of Zamboanga City, tested positive for the novel coronavirus last April 9. He succumbed to respiratory failure secondary to pneumonia before dawn, said Dr. Justin Paber, spokesperson of the incident command system of the Zamboanga City Medical Center. 

The patient, who had no travel history, likely caught the virus through local transmission, he said. 

Two other patients with COVID-19 are confined at the Zamboanga City Medical Center, as of posting. 

Western Mindanao has a total of 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 6 patients who have recovered.

Report from RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News