766 Healthcare Workers Have Contracted COVID-19 in the Philippines

The Department of Health announced this Friday, April 17, that a total of 766 healthcare workers across the Philippines have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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(This is how this artist pays tribute to fallen COVID-19 frontliners)

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that of those 766 cases, 339 of them are doctors while 242 are nurses. The other 185 occupy various positions as healthcare professionals.

22 of these healthcare workers have sadly died from the disease.

Taus puso kaming nakikiramay sa pamilya ng mga healthcare workers na naulila buhat ng COVID-19,” the Health official said in a virtual press briefing.

[We grieve with the families left behind by the healthcare workers lost to COVID-19.]

As of April 18, the DOH has recorded a total of 6,087 COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. There have been 516 recoveries and 397 deaths.

The Philippine Medical Association previously said the healthcare workers would be better protected from COVID-19 with more personal protective equipment available to them.

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