W. Visayas' oldest COVID-19 case dies

Published April 9, 2020, 2:20 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — A 94-year-old man who was the oldest positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Western Visayas region, has died.

Mayor Macario Napulan of Miag-ao town, Iloilo province confirmed to Manila Bulletin that the man died Wednesday, April 8, while being treated at a hospital in Iloilo City.

Authorities are still clueless as to where the victims was infected with the COVID-19 since he did not have any recent travel and was just staying home.

“He may have been infected by a relative who is asymptomatic or at the hospital during his first admission. With his age and having diabetes, he was at high risk,” said Napulan, a medical doctor by profession.

A World War II veteran, the man was physically strong for his age and could still walk. He started coughing on March 10 which his family blamed on eating too many mangoes. By March 24, the fever set in. He was taken to a private hospital in Iloilo City where he was treated for pneumonia. He was discharged last March 28, but was again taken to the hospital on March 30 when the symptoms worsened and a swab sample was taken.

The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on April 5 that the man tested positive for COVID-19.

Napulan said Miag-ao town has no local transmission of COVID-19 despite having two cases.

He said the two cases were unlikely linked because the patients lived eight kilometers apart and the man who died did not go out of the family’s residence.

Miag-ao’s first COVID-19 case was a 22-year-old female, who was negative on her second test.