A 71-year-old cancer patient who became infected with COVID-19 died on the afternoon of this Tuesday, confirmed oncologist Fernando Cabanillas confirmed to The new day.
On March 13, the man became the third confirmed case of coronavirus in Puerto Rico. At the moment, the Health Department has only reported eight deaths from respiratory disease and this patient’s is not included.
The case of this person came to light after the doctor denounced that this was his patient and that he deserved that the Department of Health undergo the diagnostic test for COVID-19 because he met the criteria to be considered a suspicious case. .
Dr. Cabanillas, director of the Cancer Center of the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital, made the public complaint after the Health Department originally refused to carry out this test because the person did not meet the requirement of a travel history to one of the places with cases. confirmed of this condition.
As this newspaper learned, this is not the first death from COVID-19 that has occurred in the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital, where this person was being held.
According to what has come out, this case was considered by the Department of Health as an imported case because, although the person had not traveled recently, he was allegedly infected by a relative who had recently returned from the United States.