Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, there has been a shortage in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontliners and health workers. As such, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced that local garment factories will start the daily production of 10,000 medical-grade PPEs after Holy Week.
Nograles pointed out that member companies of the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP) will be in charge of the daily production of 10,000 PPEs. He also said that “raw materials for these will be shipped in by this week and the roll-out of production at the garment factories will immediately start after the Holy Week.”
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These PPEs are tested by the Department of Health and UP-Philippine General Hospital. These are going to be Level 4 PPEs that can be used for different hospital settings and provide the highest protection for health workers.
As of writing, there have been 3,660 reported cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines with 163 deaths and 73 recoveries.
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