MANILA — The number of health care workers in the Philippines who have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rose to 1,018, accounting for nearly half of all medical workers who have been infected with the disease, the country's health department said Wednesday.
As of May 19, the country's cumulative tally of health workers who acquired COVID-19 remained at 2,315.
“Paunti na ng paunti ang mga nakikita nating health care workers na nagpopositibo sa sakit na ito,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a televised briefing.
(There are now fewer health care workers testing positive for this illness.)
“Out of this, nakapagtala tayo ng 1,018 health workers na naka-recover mula sa COVID-19,” she said. The number is up by 44 from the May 18 count.
(Out of this, we recorded 1,018 health workers who have recovered from COVID-19.)
Meanwhile, the DOH reduced the COVID-19 death toll among health workers to 33 after the Epidemiology bureau found out that two health workers previously counted were already retired or no longer in active duty at the time of their death.
While the number of new cases among health workers have gone down, the latest figure still shows that they account for 16% of the total number of confirmed cases in the country.
The World Health Organization earlier expressed concern at the high percentage of health workers infected in the Philippines compared to other countries in the region.
Of the 1,264 active COVID-19 cases among health workers, 923 have mild symptoms, 336 are asymptomatic, 4 are severe cases and one is considered a critical case. The DOH categorizes patients who are intubated or are on ventilators as critical cases.
The health workers who have been infected by COVID-19 include 842 nurses, 671 doctors, 144 nursing assistants, 84 medical technologists, 42 radiologic technologists and 285 non-medical staff from health facilities.