PH death toll from COVID-19 now at 14

UNTV News   •   March 17, 2020   •   927

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) reported two more deaths from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Tuesday night (March 17), bringing the country’s total to 14.

PH126 is a 76-year-old male who expired this afternoon from Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome (ARDS) and severe pneumonia. He had type 2 diabetes and was hypertensive. He was admitted at the Adventist Medical Center in Manila on March 9 and was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on March 15.

Meanwhile, PH129 expired today after experiencing ARDS secondary to COVID-19.

He was A 67-year-old male who was admitted at the Lung Center of the Philippines. He was a known hypertensive.

Overall, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country is at 187 with 655 cases who tested negative and 184 awaiting results.

Details of COVID-19 deaths in the Philippines

14thCase# PH126

76 | M | Filipino

  • Admitted at the Adventist Medical Center in Manila
  • Confirmed positive for COVID-19 on March 9
  • Had no history of travel to any COVID-19 affected countries
  • Expired on March 17
  • A resident of Rizal

13thCase# PH129

67 | M | Filipino

  • Admitted at Lung Center of the Philippines
  • Had no history of travel in COVID-19 affected countries
  • Had preexisting condition: hypertensive
  • Expired on March 17
  • A resident of Quezon City

12th – Case# PH12

56 | M | Filipino

  • Admitted at Makati Medical Center on March 7
  • Confirmed positive for COVID-19 on March 9
  • Had history of exposure to Cases 41, 42, and 43
  • Expired on March 15 due to acute respiratory syndrome secondary to COVID-19
  • Had pre-existing pneumonia
  • A resident of Manila City

11th – Case# PH39

34 | M | Filipino

  • Initially admitted to Ace Dumaguete Doctors, Inc., Dumaguete; later transferred to the Silliman University Medical Center
  • A municipal councilor of Tayasan, Negros Oriental; went to Greenhills in San Juan City
  • Known case of chronic renal disease
  • Expired on March 15

10th – Case# PH54

40 | M | Filipino

  • Admitted at the Ortigas Hospital and Healthcare Center
  • Had no travel history 14 days prior to onset of symptoms
  • Considered as high risk, tested positive on March 12
  • A resident of Pasig City
  • Expired on March 15

9th – Case# PH9

86 | M | US National

  • Admitted at The Medical City
  • Had travelled to the US and South Korea
  • Had preexisting medical conditions (hypertension)
  • A resident of Marikina City
  • Expired on March 14

8th – Case# PH79

68 | M | Filipino

  • Admitted at an undisclosed health facility
  • Had no history of travel and exposure to any known COVID-19 case prior to onset of symptoms
  • Died of acute respiratory failure due to pneumonia; hypertensive
  • A resident of Makati City
  • Expired on March 13

7th – Case# PH89

67 | M | Filipino

  • Expired on March 11 but confirmed positive of COVID-19 on March 13
  • Died of acute respiratory failure; diabetic, hypertensive, chronic kidney disease
  • A resident of San Fernando, Pampanga

6th – Case# PH40

54 | M | Filipino

  • Admitted at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center
  • First case in Mindanao
  • Had no history of travel
  • Expired on March 13 from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and acute kidney injury

5th – Case# PH5

62 | M | Filipino

  • Admitted at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
  • No travel history abroad; a frequent visitor of a Muslim prayer hall in San Juan City
  • Had hypertension and diabetes
  • Husband of Case 6
  • A resident of Cainta, Rizal
  • Expired on March 12

4th – Case# PH6

59 | F | Filipino

  • PH first confirmed case of local transmission
  • Admitted at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
  • A resident of Cainta, Rizal
  • Wife of Case 5 Expired on March 12

3rd – Case# PH37

88 | F | Filipino

  • Admitted at the Philippine Heart Center on March 6
  • Onset of symptoms experienced on February 28
  • Hypertensive
  • No travel history outside the country
  • Expired on March 12

2nd – Case# PH35

67 | F | Filipino

  • Admitted at Manila Doctors Hospital
  • First death of a Filipino due to COVID-19
  • Symptoms began appearing on February 29
  • No travel history outside the country
  • Expired on March 11

1st – Case# PH2

44 | M | Chinese national

  • Admitted at San Lazaro Hospital
  • Husband of Case 1
  • Had travel history to Wuhan, China and Hong Kong
  • Expired on February 1


Metro Manila to likely transition to GCQ after May 31 —Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2020

Metro Manila has a possibility to transition to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) after May 31, according to the Malacañang.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said there is a chance that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions might ease in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) held a meeting on Wednesday (May 27) to determine if the MECQ should continue after May 31.

“Chances are we will, in fact, be transitioning to GCQ in Metro Manila, according to the chief implementer and the DILG [Department of the Interior and Local Government] Secretary,” Roque said in a statement.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) is also recommending to the IATF to put the National Capital Region under GCQ.

Once Metro Manila transitioned to GCQ, Roque said public transportation will resume operations but will have limited capacity.

He also appealed to the private and public sectors to finalize their work scheme where 50% will resume in worksites and 50% will work from home.

“We are appealing to both private and public sectors to ensure at least 50-50 workforce,” he said. –AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Mandaluyong City beefs up rapid testing after COVID-19 infects 277 tricycle drivers

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Mandaluyong City government cannot decide yet on whether or not to allow tricycle drivers to operate come June 1.

This, after 277 of the 3,115 tricycle drivers who underwent rapid testing were confirmed positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Mandaluyong City Health Office is continuously conducting rapid tests among 7,000 tricycle drivers in the city to ensure their safety and the safety of their passengers.

Those who were infected are now under isolation in the city’s quarantine facility while waiting for the confirmatory tests using the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.

“Nagko contact tracing pa ho kami kasi scattered po ito eh. Hindi po ito kasi by area. So mina-map out pa po namin kung saan sila marami (We are doing contact tracing because these are scattered. It is not just in one area. So we are mapping out where the most number of cases are),” said Dr. Alexander Sta, Maria of the city health office.

The LGU, meanwhile, clarified that the increase in the number of confirmed cases in the city is a result of the mass testing which allowed for the immediate tracking of COVID-19 probable patients and their prompt isolation to curb further spread.

“This is coordinated kasi meron po tayong in-charge sa buong TODA. Then before po ito ni-launch, na-meeting po ang lahat ng presidente ng kanilang mga TODA so binigyan po sila ng schedule (This is a coordinated effort. There is someone in charge of the whole TODA. Before this was launched, we held a meeting with their respective presidents and all of them were given a schedule),” Sta. Maria added.

The city government will test jeepney drivers next once the tests among tricycle drivers is completed. MNP (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

House panel approves P1.5-T fund to create jobs amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2020

The House Defeat COVID-19 Committee has approved a bill seeking to provide a P1.5-trillion fund to create sustainable jobs amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

House Bill 6709 or the proposed “COVID-19 Unemployment Reduction Economic Stimulus (CURES) Act of 2020″ is set to fund infrastructure projects in rural areas to help curb unemployment amid the pandemic.

The CURES Act of 2020 shall also be undertaken with the “Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa Program” and the immediate funding of CURES projects shall target the construction of health centers, school buildings, vocational learning centers, as well as improving fish ports and trading centers at barangay levels.

The House Bill is expected to be sponsored on Thursday (May 28) for its 2nd reading approval in the plenary on Thursday afternoon. It will have to go through a 3rd and final reading before it can hurdle the House.

Meanwhile, representatives of other government agencies such as the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also endorsed the approval of the proposed CURES Act of 2020. –AAC


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