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3 PUIs die in Negros Oriental


Three female patients under investigation (PUIs) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Negros Oriental died Tuesday and yesterday in Dumaguete City hospitals.

The sister-in-law of a councilor, who was the first COVID-19 patient in Negros Oriental to die, passed away on Tuesday, provincial information officer Bimbo Miraflor confirmed yesterday.

The death of the sister-in-law of the Tayasan councilor came more than a week after her brother-in-law (PH39) died on March 15.

She and her husband, who is the brother of PH39, were confined at a private hospital in Dumaguete City, several days ago, after both were experiencing flu-like symptoms. But the husband is now recovering, Miraflor said.

He added that they are still waiting for the results of the swab tests taken from the couple, which were sent to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City.

PH39 was a councilor of Tayasan, Negros Oriental, who attended the Philippine Councilors’ League national convention in Manila and visited his relatives in Greenhills, Metro Manila.

Two females also classified as PUIs died at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) yesterday afternoon.

Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion confirmed that the patients died while in isolation at the NOPH after they were transferred from the Bindoy District Hospital for other “pre-existing conditions” such as hypertension.

Estacion said the female PUIs were aged 59 and 40. No other details were made available at press time.

The cause of their deaths was not immediately known as Estacion said she is still awaiting a full report from the NOPH.

She said that the two were brought to the NOPH a few days ago for other health issues but since they developed flu-like symptoms, such as cough, they were placed under isolation.

Throat swabs were taken for testing but the patients died even before the results were sent, Estacion said.*GPB/JFP-PNA


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