Doctors, nurses, other health workers with COVID-19 now at 1,552; 232 recovered — DOH

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 29 2020 05:28 PM | Updated as of Apr 30 2020 12:12 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) — The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Wednesday that the number of health workers with COVID-19 have gone up to 1,552.

This as 216 cases were added to the 1,336 reported on Tuesday.

Of the 1,552, there are 571 nurses, 548 doctors, 97 nursing assistants, 60 medical technologists, 30 radiologic technologists, 18 respiratory therapists, 17 midwives, and 11 pharmacists.

“Mayroon din po tayong 200 na ibang healthcare workers kagaya ng mga barangay health workers, administrative aides, utility workers at iba pa,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a televised briefing.

(We also have 200 healthcare workers like barangay health workers, administrative aides, utility workers and others.)

Data from DOH. Graph from ABS-CBN Data Analytics

The DOH said it has recorded 32 health workers who died from COVID-19. Seven of those are nurses and 24 are physicians.

Meanwhile, 232 have already recovered.

The 1,552 health workers represent 18.9% of the 8,212 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday.

The DOH earlier acknowledged the initial problems health workers faced, from the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) to insufficient information about the new virus.

However, Vergeire had also said that they are looking at the possibility that many health workers are being infected from their communities since a number of them still go home to their families.

She said earlier that they are reviewing the implementation of infection control policies after the World Health Organization said that the high number of Filipino health workers with COVID-19 was “worrisome.”