MANILA — The Department of Health on Monday reported 46 new COVID-19 cases among health workers, taking the total number of health workers with COVID-19 to 2,606 as of May 31, Sunday.
Meanwhile, the number of recoveries went up by 60, reaching 1,402 by Sunday.
The number of deaths remained at 32, after the DOH reported on Saturday a physician among the fatalities.
The report was included in the DOH’s daily COVID-19 situationer, but it was not mentioned during the televised briefing on Monday.
The 2,606 health workers with COVID-19 make up 14.4% of the total number of confirmed cases on Sunday. This percentage is lower than the previous week’s, although still substantial. At the time when it was still at 13%, the World Health Organization expressed concern because of the relatively high rate compared to neighboring countries.
At the time, there were still numerous reports of shortages of personal protective equipment at hospitals, which was said to be one of the causes of the spread of COVID-19.
Of the 1,172 active cases, or those who are still in hospitals or home quarantine, 952 have mild symptoms while 2 have severe symptoms. A total of 218 are considered asymptomatic.
Included in the total number of health workers are 948 nurses, 709 doctors, 168 nursing assistants, 104 medical technologists, 52 radiologic technologists and 324 non-medical staff from health facilities.