Death toll from cold front in Greece rises to three

admin   •   January 7, 2019   •   2440

A snow scenery in Athens, Greece on January 6, 2019 | Reuters

The death toll from the cold front which has been battering Greece in the first days of the new year rose to three on Sunday, local authorities said.

Firemen retrieved the bodies of two men, aged 66 and 67, at the outskirts of Keratea town, 30 km southeast of Athens, according to a Fire Brigade announcement.

On Saturday, search squads also found the body of a 66-year-old woman, one of the victims’ spouse.

They were all riding a car when a heavy storm hit the area on Thursday.

As the cold front named “Sophia”, which was sweeping across Greece from Tuesday bringing snowfall and downpour in many parts of the country, receded on Sunday, Greece’s national weather service warned that a new low pressure weather system was due to hit the country on Monday evening.

“Telemachos”, as meteorologists have named the new cold front, was forecast to bring snowfall in Athens and southern Greece, after “Sophia” caused travel disruptions in the northern and central regions of the country.

The lowest temperature of minus 19 Celsius degree was recorded on Sunday at Florina town in northern Greece. — Reuters

PH healthcare workers positive for COVID-19 now at 1,062; death toll at 26

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is taking its toll on the Philippine healthcare system, according to the latest report by the Department of Health (DOH).

As of Wednesday (April 22), a total of 1,062 frontline workers have been confirmed positive for COVID-19:

  • 422 Doctors
  • 386 Nurses
  • 30 Medical technologists
  • 21 Radiologic technologists
  • 51 Nursing assistants
  • 152 Other Services i.e. Administration and Barangay healthcare workers

Of the said number, 26 medical workers succumbed to the disease, 19 were doctors or physicians.

Taos puso po kaming nakikiramay sa ating 26 na health workers na pumanaw dahil sa COVID-19 (We deeply express our condolences to the [families] of our 26 health workers who succumbed to COVID-19),” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a virtual presser.

This figure, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is alarming and the agency expresses concern over the increasing infection rate of COVID-19 among the country’s frontline health workers as compared to other countries in the Western Pacific Region.

“The trend we are seeing in the Philippines, where the percentage is about 13%, is worrisome,” said Dr. Adbi Mahamud, WHO-Western Pacific Region COVID-19 Incident manager.

“In our region, it is around 2-3%. The Philippines is a bit of an outlier,” he said in a virtual press briefing on Tuesday (April 21).

For its part, the DOH said it is willing to cooperate with any investigation that the international health body will undertake to check if there are lapses in terms of infection control among health facilities in the country which increase the number of healthcare workers contacting the disease.  

But Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he still needs to verify with WHO regarding the report.

“I also read in the news today that WHO did issue this report of a relatively high rate of infection among our healthworkers and frontliners but I need to validate this report,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said. MNP (with details from Aiko Miguel)

Global COVID-19 cases soar to 937,000; death toll at 47,000

Marje Pelayo   •   April 2, 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continue to rise across the globe.

As of 1:00 p.m. on Thursday (April 2), the total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is at 937,783, only less than 70,000 before it hits the one million mark, based on the latest report by the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

The United States, Italy and Spain already surpassed China, the origin of the new coronavirus, as countries with the highest number of confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, 47,261 patients have died of the disease, most of them reported in Italy (13,155 deaths).

Still, China has the highest number of recoveries at 76,426 from the total number of 194,330 patients reported worldwide.

Top 10 countries with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide (As of 1:52 p.m. April 2, 2020):

  • The United States    216,721
  • Italy                         110,574
  • Spain                       104,118
  • China                       82,394
  • Germany                 77,981
  • France                     57,763
  • Iran                          47,593
  • United Kingdom      29,865
  • Switzerland              17,768
  • Turkey                     15,679

SOURCE: John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center

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Philippines COVID-19 cases soar to 2,084; death toll at 88

Marje Pelayo   •   March 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday (March 31) that the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country has hit a record high at 2,084.

A total of 538 new cases were recorded on Tuesday, the highest increase reported so far since the outbreak began in January.

The country’s death toll from the deadly respiratory disease is now at 88, with 10 additional fatalities.

Only seven patients recovered on Tuesday, the DOH said, bringing the total number of recoveries to 49.

As of Monday (March 30), a total of 15,337 tests have been conducted in all seven major testing laboratories across the country.

Top 10 Cities with highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines (As of 1:00p.m. March 31):

  • Quezon City            130
  • San Juan City          64
  • Manila 55
  • Pasig City     49
  • Makati City                                 47
  • Davao City                                  40
  • Mandaluyong City                    29
  • Taguig City                                 29
  • Parañaque City                          26
  • Cainta, Rizal                               15

SOURCE: Department of Health


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