Seven of the 202 cases of COVID-19 in the country have recovered.
This was confirmed during the Presidential Communication’s Laging Handa Public Briefing on Wednesday morning, March 18, citing data from the Department of Health (DOH).
DOH is yet to post a case bulletin providing information about these patients.
However, on Tuesday evening, March 17, the University of Sto Tomas Hospital stated in a post that one of the hospital's two COVID-19-positive patients has recovered and been discharged.
As posted in the USTH Department of Medical Education and Research's official Facebook page, part of the statement read: "Today, we are happy to announce that we have discharged our first CoVid19 positive patient, initially critically ill but now clinically well and satisfying the discharge criteria set by the Department of Health."
Meanwhile, Dr. Angelo Lozada of the Makati Medical Center said four of the hospital's 10 COVID-19 patients have been discharged.
He uploaded a selfie on his Facebook page with the caption: "Happy to say that we have sent home 4 COVID (-) patients! Down to 6 now! We will beat this!"
According to GMA News, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte revealed that one of their residents, a 34-year-old Filipino male with travel history to Australia, has recovered from the disease.
Based on the mayor's description, the patient was identified as PH13.
PH13 tested positive from COVID-19 on March 9, and was admitted at the Makati Medical Center.
DOH initially reported four confirmed recoveries. Chinese patients PH1 and PH3 were the first two recovery cases in the country. Both have returned to China.
The first Filipino case of COVID-19 to be discharged from the hospital was PH14, a 46-year-old male from Makati City. He was among the patients admitted at the Makati Medical Center. He was discharged on Sunday, March 15.
PH25, a 31-year-old male Filipino from Negros Oriental, was also discharged on Tuesday, March 17, from Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga.
As of March 18, 4 p.m., there are 202 cases of COVID-19 in the country. Of these, 17 patients have died.