Philippines reports 25 new COVID-19 cases among health workers

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2020 09:15 PM | Updated as of May 26 2020 10:02 AM

MANILA — The Philippines' health department reported Monday 25 new COVID-19 cases among health workers in the country, bringing the total to 2,394.

In its daily COVID-19 situationer report, the Department of Health said that as of May 24, the number of recoveries among health workers also increased by 35 to 1,153.

The death toll remained at 31, which means it has been around 2 weeks since the last health worker fatality was reported.

Based on the DOH tally, 25 of those who have died due to COVID-19 were doctors and 4 were nurses.

With 1,153 health workers who have recovered and 31 who have succumbed to the disease, only 1,210 cases are active. In the past weeks, the number of active cases - those who are still in hospitals or home isolation - have continued to go down.

The DOH cited effective infection control measures in hospitals as a factor to the decrease in cases.

Of the active cases, 920 have mild symptoms, 2 have severe symptoms and 288 are asymptomatic.

The number of health workers with COVID-19 account though for almost 17% of the total number of cases in the country.

Last month, the World Health Organization expressed concern over the high rate of infection among health workers in the Philippines compared to other countries.

The DOH attributed the increase in cases involving those from the health sector, to lack of personal protective equipment and also community transmission since many health workers still go home to their families.

Among the infected health care workers are 872 nurses, 676 doctors, 145 nursing assistants, 88 medical technologists, 43 radiologic technologists and 296 non-medical staff in health facilities.