Doctors, nurses, health workers infected with COVID-19 in PH reach 2,703

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2020 09:39 PM

MANILA — The number of health workers infected with COVID-19 in the Philippines has reached 2,703 as of Wednesday, June 3, according to the health department.

This is 28 cases higher than the day before.

The Department of Health COVID-19 situationer also showed 8 new recovered health workers for a total of 1,465 recoveries.

The deaths remained at 32. The last time a fatality was recorded was on Saturday.

Of the 1,206 active cases, 1,003 have mild symptoms and only one is considered a severe case. A total of 202 are considered asymptomatic. 

Included in the total number of COVID-19 cases are 933 nurses, 736 doctors, 176 nursing assistants, 109 medical technologists, 56 radiologic technologists and 336 non-medical staff.

Starting this week, the DOH has not been including the tally of health care workers with COVID-19, as well as other health statistics, in its daily briefing. 

On Thursday, the DOH announced that the government has come up with guidelines for the release of benefits for health workers with COVID-19. Those who died in the line of duty will have their families compensated with P1 million. Meanwhile, the 60 severe cases and 19 critical cases will be given P100,000 each. 

With almost 20,000 people in the Philippines having been infected with COVID-19 as of Wednesday, about 13.69% are health workers. The percentage of health workers has continued to slowly go down in the last several days.