A Philippine Army lieutenant was pronounced dead on arrival at the Norzagaray Municipal Hospital Wednesday afternoon, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported Thursday.
Army 2LT Vince Magbanua was rushed to the hospital due to severe difficulty in breathing but died at 3:40 p.m., the AFP revealed in a statement.
An ambulance also rushed Magbanua to the same hospital on Tuesday for the same issue. He was diagnosed with acute bronchitis.
The doctor advised him to return to barracks with medicines provided to him. Magbanua then observed self-quarantine.
“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,” the AFP said.
“We extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of 2LT Magbanua, a member of PMA “Alab Tala” Class of 2018. He is looked up to by his superiors, peers and subordinates for his dedication, commitment, and idealism,” the AFP added.