TACLOBAN CITY- A one-year old boy from Catarman, Northern Samar is among the latest and the youngest to have died due to complications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Eastern Visayas.
The boy, who was also said to be suffering from a tumor, died on Oct. 22 just hours after he was swabbed while being confined at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) here in the city, the information office of the Catarman municipal government said.
He was buried the following day (Oct. 23) in a public cemetery in Catarman town. He was said to be a close contact of his father and grandfather, both confirmed to have the infection.
He was the second from Catarman to have died due to COVID-19, the first being a 76-year old man who died last Oct.12.
Catarman, with its rising COVID-19 cases, is now under modified enhanced community quarantine for 15 days which started last Oct. 20.
Also from Northern Samar, a 76-year old man was also reported to have died due to COVID-19 complications.
The elderly from Laoang town was suffering from diabetes, pneumonia and urinary tract infection, died on Oct.24 while confined at the Northern Samar Provincial Hospital.
Northern Samar has now four COVID-19 related deaths, pulling the region’s total deaths due to the dreaded infection to 59.
Meantime, the Allen District Hospital in Allen town, Northern Samar, was closed for 10 days effective Oct. 23 for disinfection after an employee was tested positive of COVID-19.
Also, the regional office of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) based in Palo town, Leyte, shut down its operation effective Monday (Oct.26) for disinfection after one of its employees was confirmed to be a close contact of a COVID-19 patient.
The regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) reported that Eastern Visayas has now 6,317 COVID-19 cases counting from March this year.
On Sunday, the DOH reported of 32 new cases from the provinces of Leyte with 27 cases; Northern Samar, seven; and two from Samar province.