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Philippines Coronavirus cases climb to 2,311, death toll at 96

The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, April 1, confirmed 227 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the total cases in the country to 2,311.

The DOH also reported that 8 more patients died due to COVID-19, raising the death toll in the country to 96.

One more patient recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 50. PH179 is a 59-year-old Filipino male from Taguig history who had no history of travel to any place with COVID-19 cases. He experienced symptoms on March 11, confirmed positive for coronavirus on March 16, and discharged on March 29 after he showed no more symptoms and tested negative twice.

The DOH disclosed details about the 8 COVID-19 patients who died, 3 of whom were confirmed positive for the disease days after their death. They had no history of travel or unknown history of travel, the DOH said.

  • PH692, an 80-year-old Filipino male from San Juan City who had hypertension. He was confirmed positive on March 25, and died on March 30 at 4:30 am.
  • PH1723, a 70-year-old Filipino male from Cebu City who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coronary artery disease. He was confirmed positive on March 28 and died on the same day.
  • PH1039, 84-year-old Filipino make from Mandaluyong City. He was confirmed positive on March 25 and died on March 28.
  • PH621, 77-year-old Filipino male from Manila who had prostatic cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was confirmed positive on March 24 and died on March 29.
  • PH1811, 66-year-old Filipino male from Parañaque City who had hypertension. He died on March 23 and was confirmed positive on March 28.
  • PH1089, 65-year-old female from Quezon City who had diabetes mellitus and cardiac disease. She died on March 22 but was confirmed positive on March 28.
  • PH1299, 73-year-old Filipino make from Pasig City who had myocarditis, diabetic ketoacidosis, acute kidney injury, and hypertension. He died on March 21 and was confirmed positive on March 25.
  • PH415, 79-year-old Filipino female from Makati City who had hypertension and hypothyroidism. She was confirmed positive on March 22 and died on March 28.

Among those who recently passed away due to COVID-19 but not included in the latest DOH count – based on the details about the patients – was 57-year old Dr Leandro Resurreccion III, a pediatric transplant surgeon at Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and head of the Pediatric Surgery Division at the Philippine Children's Medical Center. He died on March 31.

The Philippines confirmed its first coronavirus case on January 30, a woman from Wuhan, China who later recovered from the disease. The country recorded its first two locally-transmitted cases on March 6, when it had only 5 confirmed cases.

The DOH earlier said that the public could expect a spike in the number of confirmed cases due to the country's expanded testing capacity. Health experts estimated that the number of cases in the country may reach anywhere between 26,000 to 75,000. (READ: Ex-DOH chief: Actual number of virus cases could reach 75,000 in 2 weeks)

To contain the spread of the virus, President Rodrigo Duterte placed Metro Manila and the entire Luzon on lockdown until April 14 and April 12, respectively, but this could be lifted earlier or extended depending on the situation.

Many other areas outside Luzon have been placed on lockdown as well, to contain the spread of the virus.

On Tuesday, March 31, the Inter-Agency Task Force on the coronavirus ordered its technical working group to finalize guidelines on the extension, expansion, modification, or lifting of the Luzon lockdown.

The President earlier signed the Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act which gave him 30 special powers to address the coronavirus pandemic. In implementation of a provision of the law, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) issued the guidelines for the tax and duty-free importation of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical emergency supplies.

On Wednesday morning, the DOH said that scientists at the University of the Philippines-Manila National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) are developing ventilators to help augment the local demand as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the country.

The global death toll breached 40,000 on Tuesday, March 31


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