PH now has 202 coronavirus cases; 3 more patients die

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PH now has 202 coronavirus cases; 3 more patients die

(UPDATED) Three more Filipinos who have COVID-19 also recover from the disease, bringing the country's total recoveries to 7

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A total of 202 patients have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as of 12 pm on Wednesday, March 18.

The Department of Health (DOH) released its latest bulletin at past 4:30 pm on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, during the government’s “Laging Handa” press briefing aired on state-run PTV-4, the DOH announced that as of 11 am, there was a total of only 193 patients who had tested positive for COVID-19.

The latest figure, 202, means the number of additional patients who tested positive for COVID-19 jumped by 15 in a day. The DOH reported on Tuesday, March 17, that 187 people had caught the virus.

The DOH also reported that 3 patients with COVID-19 died, bringing the Philippines’ total fatalities to 17.

All 3 patients died on Tuesday. Here are their details:

  • Patient 201: 58-year-old Filipino male from Lanao del Sur who had traveled from Malaysia. He was admitted at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center on March 10 and tested positive on March 18. He was a known diabetic. His official cause of death was acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) secondary to COVID-19.
  • Patient 57: 65-year-old male from Pasig City who had traveled from London. He was confined at The Medical City-Ortigas on March 10 and tested positive on March 13. He had pre-existing hypertension and diabetes mellitus. His official cause of death was ARDS secondary to COVID-19 and pneumonia. 
  • Patient 160: 86-year-old Filpino female from San Juan City with no history of travel outside the country or contact to a known COVID-19 case. She was confined at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center and tested positive on March 16. She had several pre-existing medical conditions, including chronic kidney disease secondary to hypertensive nephrosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, and peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Her official cause of death was septic shock secondary to pneumonia-high risk secondary to COVID-19.

Still, 3 more patients have already recovered from COVID-19. The Philippines now has 7 recoveries so far. Two patients – Patients 15 and 26 – were discharged from the hospital after testing negative for the disease twice. But the 3rd case, Patient 13, was released from the hospital even if the results of his second COVID-19 test is yet to be released.

The details of the 3 new recoveries are as follows: 

  • Patient 15: 24-year-old Filipino male from Makati City who traveled from United Arab Emirates. He had been confined at the Makati Medical Center.
  • Patient 26: 34-year-old Filipino male from Camarines. He is one of the two repatriates from M/V Diamond Princess who tested positive. He had been confined at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital.
  • Patient 13: 34-year-old Filipino male from Quezon City who had traveled from Australia. He had been confined at the Makati Medical Center.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of calamity in the Philippines as cases of COVID-19 continue to spike. 

Duterte placed the entire island of Luzon under lockdown from March 17 to April 12. Several provinces, cities, and municipalities in the Visayas and Mindanao have also declared localized lockdowns and placed their localities under a state of calamity. –

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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at or tweet @maracepeda.