MANILA - Four elderly men from Quezon City are among those who succumbed to complications from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the health department said Tuesday.
All of the victims had hypertension, the Department of Health (DOH) said in its latest bulletin, as research showed those with pre-existing medical conditions appeared to be at greater risk of comtracting the illness.
Among the new fatalities was a 78-year-old man who died on March 25. He was confirmed to be positive with the novel coronavirus a day after his death.
Meanwhile, a 60-year-old man died on March 26, a day after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Both had unknown travel history.
The 2 other fatalities had no recent travel history that could have them exposed to the highly-infectious disease, which originated in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan in Hubei province.
A 72-year-old man died on March 29 while a 69-year-old man died on March 30, the DOH said.
Data from the health department's tracking website also revealed that Quezon City has the most recorded cases of COVID-19, followed by San Juan City, Manila, Pasig City, and Makati City.
The National Capital Region is currently the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Philippines.
As of March 30, the Quezon City government reported 140 COVID-19 cases, with 26 fatalities and 10 recoveries.
Some 70 people are considered patients under investigation (PUIs) while 367 are tagged as persons under monitoring (PUMs).
To arrest the coronavirus spread, the city has placed 18 of its villages under enhanced community quarantine.
These are barangays B.L. Crame, Bahay Toro, Batasan Hills, Central, Culiat, E. Rodriguez, Kalusugan, Maharlika, Matandang Balara, Paligsahan, Pasong Tamo, R. Magsaysay, San Isidro Labrador, San Roque, South Triangle, Tatalon, Tandang Sora and Teachers Village West.