By Vann Marlo M. Villegas, Charmaine A. Tadalan
and Genshen L. Espedido
THREE MORE novel coronavirus patients have died, bringing the total deaths to five, according to the Department of Health (DoH).
In a statement, the agency said the three patients had pre existing medical conditions and had no travel history.
The agency said patient No. 6, a 59-year-old woman confined at Cardinal Santos Medical Center, had died from acute respiratory distress syndrome on March 11 after experiencing difficulty breathing. She was diabetic and her X-ray result showed “progressive pneumonia.”
Her 62-year-old husband, patient No. 5, died of severe pneumonia on March 12, DoH said. He was also diabetic and hypertensive.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives will require staff from its Printing Service to undergo self-quarantine after a worker there tested positive for the novel coronavirus, House Secretary General Jose Luis G. Montales said on Friday.
The Department of Health (DOH) will try to contact people who may have had contact with the patient, he said. It was not clear whether the staff was part of the 52 positive cases reported by DoH.
Mr. Montales said the staff had no travel and exposure history.
Also on Friday, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III said work at the Senate would continue, but recommended that hearings be suspended until the one-month lockdown in Metro Manila is lifted.
“The Senate will continue to function and there will be no disruption in our mandate as public officials,” he said in a statement.
Mr. Sotto required department heads to complete pending work, even as the chamber relies on a skeletal workforce.