Fatalities from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines jumped to 35 after two patients succumbed to the disease, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Tuesday.

The expired patients were both senior citizens with pre-existing conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. 

The patients were Patient 215, a 71-year-old Filipino from Quezon City; and Patient 239, a 76-year-old Filipino from Cavite.

Meanwhile, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the 90 new cases posted today is the highest increase in a single day yet, bringing the country’s total number to 552.

She added that the cases are expected to spike with the increased testing kits and the extension of laboratories for testing nationwide. 

In a bit of good news, two COVID-19 patients have successfully recovered from the infectious disease. The total number of recoveries now stands at 20.

The first patient who recovered from the disease is Patient 87, a 76-year-old Filipina from Quezon City. She has pre-existing hypertension and diabetes. The patient was discharged from the hospital on March 22. 

The second patient was a 21-year-old Filipina from Davao de Oro with a travel history to the United Kingdom and Qatar. She has bronchial asthma. The patient was sent home from the hospital on March 23. (RJ Espartinez)