San Juan prayer hall under a disinfection drive
San Juan prayer hall under a disinfection drive|

COVID-19: Ninth death in Philippines; Negros Oriental town councilor dies

Agency News

A nineth death in COVID-19 has been marked on Sunday with the death of councilor in a Negros Oriental town.

Governor Ruel Degamo in an official statement confirmed the death. This brings the death toll in the country due to the virus to nine.

The concern of the Philippines Health department is the growing fatality rate in Philippines which is currently at nine percent which is higher than that of the global average that is mere three to four percent. But the Health Department’s official version is pegged the fatality rate as eight percent.

The 64-year-old town councilor’s infection connects to his travel history of visiting Greenhills in San Juan City to attend the Philippine Councilors League convention in SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

To contain the spread of the disease, the capital of the country, Manila is already under curfew from Sunday morning onwards.

The councilor went to Manila on February 28 to attend a convention, went to Greenhills, and took an early morning flght back home on March 7. At first, he was admitted to the Allied Care Experts Dumaguete Doctors, Inc. and when the infection turns severe was transferred to the Silliman University Medical Center.

Greenhills houses a prayer hall which was frequented by a 62-year-old patient with COVID-19, considered to be the first local case of the disease. He and his 59-year-old wife, who also contracted the disease, have also died.