The death toll from the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Tulunan, North Cotabato on Wednesday (October 16), has reached five while 53 were injured.
Based on the latest situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), three casualties were from Davao del Sur, one was from Cotabato and another one was from Maguindanao.
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:
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)
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):
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