New coronavirus infects 1,245 health workers in Philippines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2020 05:39 PM | Updated as of Apr 27 2020 08:34 PM

MANILA — The number of hospital and medical care personnel in the Philippines who acquired the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has gone up to 1,245, a Health official said Monday.

“1,245 na health care workers na ang naging positibo para sa COVID-19,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a televised briefing.

(1,245 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19.)

The infected health care workers include 471 nurses, 464 doctors, 69 nursing assistants, 41 medical technologists, 25 radiologic technologists, and 10 are midwives, among others.

A total of 27 health workers have died because of the disease, including 21 doctors and 6 nurses.

Data from DOH. Graph from ABS-CBN Data Analytics.

Five days ago, the DOH said the total number of health workers with COVID-19 in the country was at 1,062.

The latest tally of infected health workers account for 16 percent of the country's 7,777 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday.

The World Health Organization pointed out early last week that the percentage of health workers infected with COVID-19 in the Philippines is higher than the regional average of 2 to 3 percent. At that time, health care workers account for 13 percent of the countrywide infections.

The DOH said then that it is looking into the implementation of biosafety guidelines, although it attributed some cases to community transmission, such as in the case of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.