MANILA — The Department of Health on Thursday reported a continued decline in new COVID-19 cases among health workers in the Philippines, with only 15 additional infections recorded, raising the total tally to 2,452.
“Base sa datos natin, paunti na nang paunti ang naitatala 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.)
Vergeire said 35 more health workers recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,228.
The DOH did not record any new deaths from among the group.
“Nananatiling nasa 31 po ang bilang ng mga deaths ng health care workers magmula pa ng May 10,” Vergeire said.
(The number of deaths among our health care workers remains at 31 since May 10.)
“Malaking tulong ang strict enforcement ng infection prevention and control measures sa pagsisiguro ng kaligtasan ng ating mga frontliners,” she said.
(Infection prevention and control measures that are strictly implemented by hospitals are a big help.)
Of the 1,193 active cases, 918 have mild symptoms and 2 are considered severe cases. A total of 273 are asymptomatic.
Although the number of new cases has gone down, health workers still constitute 15.73% of total COVID-19 cases in the country. The World Health Organization earlier expressed concern over the high rate of infection among health workers in the Philippines compared to other countries.
The shortage in personal protective equipment was among the problems faced by doctors and nurses at the onset of the pandemic in the country.