Vince Magbanua PMA Army officer suspected of COVID-19 infection dies

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Metro Manila — A young Army officer suspected of COVID-19 infection has died after complaining of severe difficulty in breathing, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) confirmed on Thursday.

Second Lieutenant Vince Magbanua, a member of Philippine Military Academy “Alab Tala” Class of 2018, was diagnosed with acute bronchitis on Wednesday. He was told to undergo strict self-quarantine in the barracks in Bulacan. 

2LT Vince Magbanua PMA Officer

Vince Magbanua PMA

The next day, he was rushed to a hospital in Bulacan after his respiratory problems worsened. He was declared dead upon his arrival at the Norzagaray Municipal Hospital after a heart attack. 

AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said they were awaiting the COVID-19 test results of Magbanua, who hails from Davao City. They are now tracing the people he had come in contact with.

“We are yet to receive as at this time the report that will conclude if this was a case of COVID-19 or not. But contact tracing and quarantine protocols are already being implemented in 48th Infantry Battalion (his unit assignment) as a matter of precaution,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, an emergency quarantine facility was opened at the AFP headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday. It will serve mild to asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to decongest hospitals.

The Philippines now has 3,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 182 deaths and 96 recoveries.

Source : (CNN Philippines, April 9)

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