A man who showed COVID-19 symptoms and was apprehended at a checkpoint in Cotabato City tested positive for the respiratory disease, Unang Balita reported Thursday.
Due to his apparent symptoms, the man was ordered to be taken to an isolation facility.
But after a few days, the man was transferred to Cotabato Provincial Hospital because he had a high fever. A swab sample was taken from him, and he later tested positive for COVID-19.
The patient’s family and those he had contact with were placed on the 14-day quarantine.
As of this posting, the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines reached 13, 434, with 846 deaths, and 3,000 recoveries.
90-year-old grandma survives COVID-19
A 90-year-old grandmother is now an inspiration due to her determination to survive. Apart from being a colon cancer survivor in 2013, she has also successfully battled coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Bam Alegre reported GMA News “Unang Balita” on Thursday that relatives and health workers at the Philippine Heart Center cheered when they saw grandmother Natalia Vicente in the hospital lobby.
“Paglabas niya ng elevator, shocked din siya kasi ang akala niya dalawa [lang] ‘yung susundo sa kanya tapos may staff din ng Philippine Heart Center. Nadagdagan din kami bale five sa family na nandoon para sumundo sa kanya,” said Beng Vicmundo, Vicente’s grandaughter.
(When she went out of the elevator, she was also shocked because she thought only two would pick her up, but the Philippine Heart Center staff were also there. There were five of us who picked her up.)
After 44 days of fighting on COVID-19, Grandma Natalia will be back at her home and convenience store in Quezon City.
According to Vicmundo, while they were in the car, her grandmother mentioned, “Akala ko hindi na ako makakauwi [I thought I would never go home].”
It was April 6 when Grandma Natalia was hospitalized for pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19.
Grandma Natalia is also very grateful to the medical frontliners who took care of her and helped her recover.
In April, a 95-year-old grandfather in Mandaluyong City also fought and survived coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which is said to have a more severe effect on the elderly.