The coronavirus cases (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines spiked to 803 after 96 confirmed new cases were reported by the Department of Health (DOH) Friday. 

Meanwhile, COVID-19 death toll jumped to 54 as per DOH’s daily bulletin.

Some of the recent fatalities include Patient 178 was a 74-year-old Filipino from Manila without travel and exposure history. He tested positive for COVID-19 on March 16. He died on March 19. He had hypertension.

Patient 366, a 63-year-old Filipino from Muntinlupa City with no travel history, died on March 23 and tested positive on March 21. He had bronchial asthma, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and coronary artery disease.

Patient 389, a 71-year-old Filipina from Quezon City without travel history, expired on March 17 and got her positive result for COVID-19 on March 22. The patient suffered from hypertension and diabetes mellitus.

Patient 462 was an 83-year-old Filipina from Cavite without travel history and died on March 17. She tested positive on March 22. She also had chronic kidney disease.

Patient 571, a 72-year-old Filipina from Muntinlupa City with unknown travel history and exposure history, died on March 26 and tested positive on March 23. She also had hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and acute kidney injury stage III.

Patient 637 was a 75-year-old Filipino from Quezon City with no travel history but related to a known COVID-19 patient. He died on March 19 and tested positive for the disease on March 25. The patient also had hypertension, diabetes mellitus, tongue cancer, cardiovascular disease, and benign prostatic hypertrophy.

In a bit of good news, recoveries increased to 31.

The DOH has already conducted 2,287 tests where 791 tested negative while 691 are pending for results.  (RJ Espartinez)