Following reports of hospitals getting full and out of fear of infecting his loved ones, a Filipino who tested positive for COVID-19 decided to isolate himself inside his own car but later on died from the disease.
The man was found inside his car and was parked within Camp Crame on March 27.
“Maybe he felt like he had no one to turn to,” journalist Aris Ilagan told the Manila Bulletin describing the situation of his longtime friend. “After he admitted he’s stricken with COVID-19, I tried several times to ask his condition but he was avoiding the issue.”
He added, “But I can sense he was not in a good state of health because he was catching his breath while talking.”
Ilagan said he tried his best in asking about his friend’s location but his friend refused and diverted the question. “Wag mo akong intindihin pards, okay lang ako,” his friend told him.
Ilagan said that he received the news about his friend’s death on March 29.
According to data from Department of Health (DOH), around 47 of 154 hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) have been placed under critical status due to the number of occupied bed for COVID-19 patients. Another 23 were deemed at high-risk status.
Meanwhile, 595 of 781 total Intensive Care Unite (ICU) hospital beds dedicated full.