MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported that the number of people infected with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country has climbed to 636 following the confirmation of 84 new cases.
The DOH also reported three new deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 38.
The department said the latest fatalities were all Filipinos, identified as Patients 319, 326 and 29.
In its report, the DOH said that Patient 319 is a hypertensive and diabetic 56-year old male from Quezon City who had no travel and exposure history. He died on March 22 due to community-acquired pneumonia secondary to COVID-19.
Patient 326 is a 57-year old male from Caloocan City with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia. He had no travel and exposure history. He died on March 16 due to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome secondary to community-acquired pneumonia high risk and COVID-19. He was confirmed to have contracted the virus on March 21.
Patient 29 is an 82-year old female from Marikina City with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and valvular heart disease. She had a travel history to the United States and exposure to a known COVID-19 case. She died on March 23 due to shock multifactorial (septic and cardiogenic), Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome secondary to COVID-19 pneumonia, and Acute Renal Failure secondary to sepsis.
The DOH earlier explained that the surge in coronavirus cases is due to the country’s increased testing capacity.
Meanwhile, six new recoveries were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 26.