Number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines now at 202, death toll at 17

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) — The Philippines now has 15 new cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the total number to 202, the Department of Health said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, three more people have died, bringing the death toll from the fast-spreading virus to 17, the DOH added.

The 15th fatality was a 58-year old FIlipino man from Lanao del Sur with travel history from Malaysia and had diabetes.

The 16th fatality was a 65-year old Filipino man from Pasig City, who was admitted at The Medical City in Ortigas. He had a travel history from London, and had hypertension and diabetes.

The 17th death, on the other hand, was an 86-year old Filipino woman from San Juan City, with no travel history or exposure to a known COVID-19 case.

Meanwhile, three more patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to seven.

Health department spokesperson Maria Vergeire said in a briefing earlier Wednesday most of those who recovered and were discharged from the hospitals exhibited mild symptoms and did not have underlying medical conditions.

The number of infected people has reached 198,006, including 7,948 deaths, mostly in China, according to the Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 global tracker.