The Department of Health (DOH) released on Tuesday the latest issue of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation update in the country.
As of Monday, May 11, DOH recorded 8,361 active cases, with the majority of the patients exhibiting mild symptoms.
Among the active patients, 7,487 or 89 percent of patients exhibit mild symptoms. Moreover, 796 or 9.5 percent of patients are currently asymptomatic. Meanwhile, severe and critical cases are only less than a hundred.
National Capital Region (NCR) has the highest number of confirmed cases in the country, with a total of 7,123 (64%) cases. Nevertheless, the proportion of the cases in the region decreased from 72 percent (January to April 19, 2020, where the case detection started) to 50 percent (for the period of April 20 to May 7, 2020).
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Cases in Region 7, on the other hand, increased in proportion from two percent to 34 percent for a similar period. The infection inside the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility in Cebu City has prompted the increase, making up 50 percent (124 out of 247 confirmed cases nationwide) of confirmed cases reported last April 20. Currently, Region 7 is the second-highest in the country, with a total of 1,600 (16%) COVID-19 cases.
Region 4-A has third-highest cases with a total of 1,310 (12%) confirmed cases as of Sunday. Since the beginning of case detection, the case proportion of the region decreased from 16 percent to five percent from April 20 to May 7.
Meanwhile, the average hospital length of stay for recovered patients is at 15 days, and a total of 398 or 55 percent of deaths had an existing medical condition. The top two of these comorbidities are hypertension (62%) and diabetes (48%).
Most of the confirmed cases in the country are male at 54 percent and within the 20-39 age group.
Testing laboratories in the country
The department has also certified two new medical facilities, Allegiant Regional Care Hospital and Asian Hospital & Medical Center, as Stage 5 laboratories. These facilities can now perform the RT-PCR tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of licensed RT-PCR laboratories in the country to 28.
Another four facilities are on Stage 4 certification, while 28 are still on Stage 3.
The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) approved three additional test kits (one RT-PCR and two RATs). With this, the FDA has now approved a total of 39 RT-PCR and 41 RAT testing kits.
DOH strongly urged the public to adopt the New Normal setting in their everyday lives. With or without pandemic, everyone should be mindful of their ways and behaviors towards improving health. With this, minimum health standards in food and dining are encouraged. If possible, one must avoid long queues and opt for food delivery services instead.
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As a whole nation, DOH noted the importance of coordination between the private sector and civil society organization in fighting the pandemic. The Task Force T3 (for Test, Trace, and Treat) continues to commit to fulfilling its goals to combat the threat of the COVID-19.
Furthermore, the health department’s emergency hiring of health care workers for the following facilities across the country: Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, and Bureau of Quarantine.
Infected healthcare worker
The health department reported a total of 2,067 infected healthcare workers as of May 11 in the country. Most of the affected staff are nurses, physicians, nursing assistants, medical technologists, radiologic technologists, as well as non-medical staff.
According to the data by Johns Hopkins University, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now around 4.26 million worldwide. The total number of deaths is inching towards the 300,000-mark, while recovered patients are at 1.49 million.
The United States remains leading the most infected, with around 1.37 million. Spain now placed in third, with 228,030 cases, as Russia’s cases increased to 232,243.
In Southeast Asian countries, Singapore continues to lead with 24,671 confirmed cases, followed by Indonesia at 14,749 and the Philippines.
As of May 13, DOH reported 264 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases in the country is now at 11,618. They also announced 145 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,251.
Reminders: In case you experience any of the following severe symptoms, immediately contact your corresponding Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT). They will refer you to the appropriate facility close to your residence.
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(Source: Department of Health)