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PH coronavirus cases now at 187; recoveries now at 4

Bonz Magsambol

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PH coronavirus cases now at 187; recoveries now at 4
The Department of Health reports 45 new cases on Tuesday, March 17

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday, March 17, confirmed 45 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 187.

The DOH also reported that another coronavirus patient recovered from the disease. He is patient with identification PH25, a 31-year-old male from Negros Oriental. 

He was one of the repatriates from the MV Diamond Princess cruise ship that docked in Japan. He was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 on March 9.

The total number of recoveries in the Philippines is now at 4.

2 new deaths 

Later on Tuesday evening, the DOH reported two new COVID-19 deaths

  • PH126, a 76-year-old Filipino male, died Tuesday afternoon after experiencing Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and severe pneumonia. He was admitted to the Adventist Medical Center Manila on March 9. He was confirmed to be infected with the virus on March 15. He has type 2 diabetes and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.
  • PH129, a 67-year-old Filipino male, was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on March 15. He died on Tuesday at the Lung Center of the Philippines after experiencing ARDS secondary to COVID-19, as well as community-acquired pneumonia.

The total number of fatalities in the Philippines is now at 14. 

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

The entire Luzon, meanwhile, is under lockdown from March 17 to April 12. –

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Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler.