By Analou De Vera
The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines have risen to 380, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said on Sunday.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the country has 73 new cases of COVID-19. She also reported that 25 patients have already died.
Among those who recently died was Patient 210 who was an 81-year-old Filipino from San Juan City. His cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, septic shock secondary to community acquired pneumonia-high risk, diabetes mellitus, and coronary artery disease.
Patient 200, a 34-year-old Filipino from Quezon City, also died. He was a known diabetic. His cause of death was due to acute respiratory distress syndrome secondary to severe acute respiratory illness COVID-19.
Patient 310 was a 60-year-old Filipina from Quezon City, who travel history to France and Abu Dhabi. Her cause of death was due to acute respiratory syndrome secondary to COVID-19, and community acquired pneumonia-high risk.
Also included in the list was Patient 351, a 56-year-old Filipino from San Juan City. The DOH said that he died due to septic shock secondary to community-acquired pneumonia-high risk, COVID-19.
Patient 52 was a 79-year-old Filipina from Batangas province, who had travel history to the United Kingdom and was exposed to a COVID-19 patient. She died due to multi-organ failure secondary to septic shock from high risk pneumonia secondary to COVID-19, and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
The DOH said Patient 226, a 69-year-old Filipino from Quezon City, was a known diabetic and hypertensive. His cause of death was due to severe acute respiratory syndrome, pneumonia high-risk, immunocompromised state.
Vergeire reported that four more COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of those who recovered to 17.
First among those who recovered was Patient 143, a 73-year-old Filipino from Quezon City, who is a known hypertensive. The Health department said that he has known exposure to a COVID-19 case.
Patient 22 who is a 51-year-old Filipina from San Juan City also recovered. The DOH said that she has exposure to a known COVID-19 case.
Patient 7 also recovered from the dreaded disease. He is a 38-year-old Taiwanese man from Makati City and also has an exposure to a COVID patient.
Lastly, Patient 51 was a 26-year-old Filipino from Quezon City. The DOH said that “he has no travel history” but he has “exposure to a known COVID-19 patient.
Meanwhile, Vergeire said that there was still no concrete evidence that a patient who recovered from the coronavirus disease could become infected again by the same virus.
“Base sa experience and mga notations galing sa ibang bansa meron pong nagsasabi that there is reinfection, meron pong nagsasabi that there is recurrence. Pero hanggang sa ngayon, dito sa bansang ito wala pa po tayong napapatunayan na ganyan,” said Vergeire.
[Based on the experience and notations of some countries, there are some saying that there is reinfection or recurrence. But as of now, here in our country, we still don’t have evidence for that.]
Vergeire noted that health experts were still conducting further studies about the new disease.
“Hanggang sa ngayon [Until now], all over the globe, wala pa rin naman pong [there still no] hard evidence for this. Pinag-aaralan pa pong mabuti lahat [it is still being studied],” said Vergeire.
“Itong sakit na ito is novel…ibig sabihin bagong sakit [This disease is novel, meaning this is a new]. Marami pa po tayong kailangan malaman [There are a lot of things that we need to know]–everything is evolving,” she added.