Madrid hospitals overwhelmed as Spain’s coronavirus crisis worsens
Robie de Guzman • March 27, 2020 • 374
Hospitals in the Madrid region were overwhelmed and a field hospital was being constructed at a university in Alcala de Henares on Thursday (March 26) as the total death toll from the epidemic in the country rose to over 4,000.
French medical charity MSF and Madrid regional government are setting up a field hospital outside the university, which is already hosting patients in the university interior.
In Madrid, Spain’s worst affected region, hearses continued to arrive at the city’s ice rink, which was converted into a makeshift morgue after authorities said existing facilities lacked resources.
Spain registered 655 fatalities from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours – down from over 700 on Wednesday (March 25), the health ministry reported on Thursday.
The overall number of coronavirus cases soared to 56,188 from 47,610 on Wednesday.
The number of reported deaths from the virus rose to 4,089 from 3,434 on Wednesday, the ministry said. (Reuters)
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To protect public transport passengers against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), they will be required to wear face shields, beginning August 15, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
Based on a memorandum circular of the DOTr, transport sector leaders are directed to implement a “no-face shield, no- ride” policy which will be effective in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
DOTr Spokesperson Goddes Hope Libiran said transmission is very critical in public transportation.
“Nag-add tayo ng stricter health and sanitation protocol, iyong pagsusuot ng full-face shield sa pasahero (We added stricter health and sanitation protocol which includes wearing full-face shields),“ she said.
Meanwhile, Taytay, Rizal has already released an ordinance on mandatory face shields.
Several commuters, however, raised concerns over additional expenses amid the pandemic. The DOTr said it is better to purchase face shields instead of paying for hospital bills later due to infection. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
In preparation for the opening of classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct a virtual launch that will feature schools’ localized implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).
DepEd’s ‘Handang Isip, Handa Bukas’ will be launched on Monday (August 10) where 10 schools of different types nationwide are set to show how they have contextualized the BE-LCP through simulation activities.
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The schools that will participate will include: Navotas National High School, Mangayon Elementary School, Don Ruben E. Ecleo Sr. Memorial National High School, Calay IP School, Malaya Elementary School, Don Luis Hidalgo Memorial School (Rural-Complete School), Sucao ES (Multigrade School), Santiago City NHS (Urban-Medium), Shining Light Academy (Private), and TAGUMpay Palengskwelahan ALS Center (Community Learning Center).
Parents and learners that will participate will also provide testimonies of their experiences during the dry runs.
The program will be livestreamed on DepEd’s Facebook page, government channels, and other regional local channels. AAC
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday (August 4) reported that more than 120,000 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are now back in their respective provinces.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that according to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administratio (OWWA), the department has assisted and sent home 122,369 OFWs since May.
“We will not get tired of assisting our returning OFWs, and facilitate their transport to the provinces and be with their families. This is just a small way to repay their enormous contribution to our country,” Bello said.
The labor chief also said that the labor department has almost exhausted the P2.5-billion AKAP assistance fund being extended to both on-site and repatriated OFWs affected by the pandemic. AAC
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