MANILA, Philippines — On Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) announced the highest number of new 2019 coronavirus disease cases (COVID-19) in a single day at 82, taking the total number of Philippine infections to 462.
The department also confirmed that eight more people have died of the illness, bringing the total number of deaths to 33 while the number of discharged patients reached 18.
The most recent recovery is PH73, a 54-year-old Filipino male from Manila who traveled lately to Thailand and was exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. He was hypertensive and symptoms first arose on March 6. On March 13, he tested positive and was discharged on March 21.
During a televised briefing with the DOH, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are already reviewing the cases of those who have recovered to see what they have in common and they would like to see the good practices of the health professionals in coping with the 18 recoveries.
“In any illness, early detection is a factor so that the management of the patient is successful and there is a higher chance of recovery,” she said.
In the meantime, all the 8 new fatalities are male — PH266, PH279, PH281, PH304, PH328, PH333, PH349, PH367. The oldest is 89 years old and the youngest is 56 years old. The majority of them have pre-existing conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, while some died because of septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and pneumonia.