March 24 COVID19 Philippines Update from DOH

THERE are 90 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) in the country, bringing the total to 552 from Monday’s 462, as the death toll rises to 35, the Department of Health (DoH) announced on Tuesday.

Mainam pong malaman natin ang mga kaso ng covid-19 nang mas maaga dahil kapag mas maagang nalaman, mas maagang maaalagaan [ang pasyente atmas malaki ang tiyansa nilang maka-recover (It is better for us to know the cases of Covid-19 early because early detection leads to early treatment and the bigger chance of recovery),” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a televised press briefing.

Itong mga kaso ay maaari pang tumaas sa susunod na mga araw dahil marami na tayong testing kits at laboratoryong magpo-proseso ng mga (The number of cases are expected to increase in the following days because we now have a lot of test kits and laboratories that would process the) specimen,” she added.

DoH recently announced that the country could do up to a thousand tests a day in the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and other five sub-national laboratories nationwide after the Chinese government donated 100,000 test kits.

As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the DoH confirmed two new casualties, bringing the death toll to 35 from 33 on Monday.

The 34th casualty, identified as PH215, 71, male, from Quezon City, succumbed to severe pneumonia, cardiac dysrhythmia, among others, at 2:16 a.m. last March 24.

The 35th fatality is a 76-year old male who died last March 14 due to pneumonia and other complications caused by Covid-19 although he was confirmed to have the virus only last March 20.

Two other patients recovered from the disease, bringing the total to 20.

A 21-year old from Davao de Oro, identified as PH130, was discharged after testing negative from the disease last March 23, weeks after contracting the virus on March 3.

The 20th recovery in the country, identified as PH87, 76, female, from Quezon City was discharged last March 22.

Source: DOH and Manila Times

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