Typhoon ‘Ursula’ leaves 47 dead, 9 still missing

Marje Pelayo   •   December 30, 2019   •   506

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from Typhoon Ursula has climbed to 47 while 9 others remain missing.

Meanwhile, a total of 143 individuals were injured, according to authorities.

Based on the latest data gathered by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), more than a million families (1.979M) were affected by the weather system.

Also, a total of 27, 263 families remain in evacuation centers.

Typhoon Ursula has left more than one billion pesos-worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure.

Because of the extent of damage, 10 municipalities are now under a state of calamity, specifically the town of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro; Kalibo in Aklan; Libertad in Antique; Sigma in Capiz; Carles and Concepcion in Iloilo.

Also, under a state of calamity are the cities of Madridejos in Cebu; Borongan in Eastern Samar; Tacloban City in Leyte; and Daram in Samar.

Meanwhile, the government is currently working on providing the needs of those affected by the typhoon. MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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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