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1,062 medical frontliners infected with COVID-19 in PH, 26 died

The Department of Health broke down on Wednesday the 1,062 healthcare
 workers in the country who tested positive with the new coronavirus disease, which include  422 doctors, 386 nurses, 30 medical technologists, 21 radiological technologists, 51 nursing assistants and 152 other medical personnel such as administrative staff and barangay health workers.

DOH revealed that 26 of the 1,062 infected workers have already died, including 19 doctors. The total number of healthcare professionals who have contracted the disease are already included in the national tally of 6,710 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of April 22.

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern over the number of healthcare workers with COVID-19 in the Philippines. Dr. Abdi Mahamud, WHO-Western Pacific Region COVID-19 Incident Manager, said he is working with the DOH to find out if there is a possible shortage of personal protective equipment causing this trend.

On Wednesday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque attended the turnover of 10,000 locally-made PPEs to the Philippine General Hospital, the first batch from 300,000 sets that will be delivered to the hospital and other facilities. This comes on top of its earlier purchase of one million sets which have been arriving in batches in the country since April 1.

The agency also assured that there are negative pressure isolation rooms in hospitals that prevent the spread of the virus.

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