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Pinoy nurse succumbs to COVID-19

Elmer N. Manuel @tribunephl_lmer

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The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) on Wednesday announced that a Filipino nurse at the frontlines of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic has succumbed to the respiratory disease — expanding the list of medical workers who lost their lives due to the virus.

In a social media post, the PNA identified the latest COVID-19 frontliner victim as Alvin Pascual, who died because of “severe bronchopneumonia due to COVID-19.”

Pascual had served at the Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, north of the capital, according to PNA president Erlinda Castro-Palaganas and “a warrior against COVID-19.”

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) on Sunday revealed that the pandemic has claimed the lives of at least 12 Filipino doctors, but the Department of Health (DoH) has yet to release an official tally of medical workers infected with the disease.

As of Tuesday, the Philippines confirmed 88 deaths out of its total 2,084 cases of the novel coronavirus as the tally could continue to climb following the recent delivery of test kits and the accreditation of additional screening laboratories.

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