Army officer suspected of COVID-19 infection dies

BREAKING: A young Army officer has died after complaining of severe difficulty in breathing, AFP confirms

4/9/2020 7:44:00 AM

BREAKING: A young Army officer has died after complaining of severe difficulty in breathing, AFP confirms

AFP spokesperson Edgard Arevalo says they were awaiting the COVID-19 test results of Army officer Vince Magbanua. They are now tracing the people he had come in contact with.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 9) —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.

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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.AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said they were awaiting the COVID-19 test results of Magbanua. 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. Read more: CNN Philippines »

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