MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines now has its first death among the patients suspected of having nCoV. A Chinese patient that was being closely monitored at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila has died on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
San Lazaro Hospital Director Dr. Edmundo Lopez said that the patient was a 29-year-old Chinese male from Yunnan, China. He emphasized though that it was not confirmed whether he died because of nCoV. During the press briefing, together with the Department of Health officials, Dr. Lopez announced that the patient suspected of nCoV was admitted to their hospital last Monday, January 27 and later died at around 7 a.m. of January 29.
“Around 7:00 a.m. we have a person under investigation who expired. Hindi pa confirmed for nCoV. He was admitted last Monday.” said Dr. Lopez. The hospital is still waiting for lab results to confirm or rule out if he was positive for nCoV.
The patient suffered from cervical lesions, anal wart among other symptoms and died of pneumonia. He was also positive for HIV.
San Lazaro Hospital is not under lockdown, contrary to rumors being spread, this according to its spokesperson Dr. Ferdinand de Guzman.