2 of 3 Cebu doctors positive for COVID-19 die

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) — Three doctors in Cebu have tested positive for the coronavirus infection, health authorities have confirmed.

Jaime Bernadas, director of the Department of Health in the Central Visayas, said two of the doctors have died, while one has recovered.

The regional director clarified in a statement Sunday that the doctors did not contract the disease from COVID-19 infected patients. He said there was "no clear evidence" that they got the infection from the hospitals.

He, however, did not disclose the names of the three health workers.

The two doctors who had succumbed to COVID-19 were senior citizens and already had other prior illnesses, Bernadas disclosed.

He said they had previous contact with a family member, who arrived from Manila and had possible exposure to a COVID-19 infected individual.

"The couple [was] not anymore actively practicing at the hospitals for COVID patients," Bernadas added.

Meanwhile, the other doctor, who recovered from COVID-19, had history of travel to "a place where there [was] already a community transmission" of the viral disease. The regional director said the health worker has already been discharged from the hospital.

Cebu now has 29 confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection, including 4 deaths and 8 recoveries. The entire province is currently under enhanced community quarantine.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has reached 3,094, with 144 deaths and 57 recoveries.

CNN Philippines' Stringer Dale Israel contributed to this report.