The Daily Manila Shimbun


71-year-old Filipino man is third PUI death: DOH

February 14, 2020

A 71-year-old Filipino man became the third death among persons under investigation (PUIs) for showing symptoms of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Department of Health (DOH).

At a press briefing Friday, Assistant Health Secretary Rosario Vergeira said the man died from a cardiovascular attack. He is the first Filipino PUI to died.

''The patient is negative for the 2019-nCoV (2019 novel coronavirus)," said Vergeira.

He was diagnosed to have acute myocardial infraction, while also having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

"He has co-morbidity. He was just classified as PUI because he had cough and had history of travel to Taiwan," Vergeire said.

The 1st PUI death, a 29-year old Chinese male, is a case of pneumonia in an immunocompromised patient.

The 2nd PUI death, a 57-year-old Chinese male, is a case of pneumonia in a patient with underlying restrictive lung disease.

Including the three dead, the total number of PUIs has risen to 455, the DOH said

This includes the three positive COVID-19 cases, including the lone death in the 44-year-old Chinese man, who turned out to be the second confirmed case in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, 386 PUIs have tested negative for the COVID-19; while those who have pending test results are down to 66 patients. DMS