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Coronavirus cases hit 11,350, mostly in capital, nearby cities

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CORONAVIRUS infections in the Philippines rose to 11,350 after the Department of Health reported 264 more infections on Tuesday, mostly in Metro Manila where a modified lockdown would be in place until May 30。

Twenty-five more patients died, raising the death toll 751, it said in a bulletin。 One hundred seven more patients have gotten well, bringing the total recoveries to 2,106, it added。

北京赛车pk10投注Of the 263 new cases, 165 came from Metro Manila, 74 from Central Visayas and 25 from the other regions, DoH said.

The agency said 2,067 health workers had been infected, 643 of whom have recovered while 35 died。

DoH said 166,472 people have been tested for COVID-19 — 15,436 positive and 150,471 negative cases。

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire said the number of positive tests was greater than the reported cases because these still have to be validated.

She said companies should prioritize workers’ health and safety once an area relaxes a lockdown.

Ms. Vergeire also said employers should ensure that workers wear personal protective equipment, keep work places clean and regularly sanitize common areas.

An inter-agency task force made up of Cabinet secretaries kept Metro Manila, Laguna and Cebu City under a modified lockdown until May 31.

Regions 2, 3, 4-A and the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon, Regions 9, 11, and 13 in Mindanao, and Region 7 except Cebu City were placed under a relaxed general quarantine. The lockdown in other regions were lifted.

Earlier in the day, Ms。 Vergeire said the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City would only test COVID-19 samples from patients and health workers with severe and mild symptoms, have a history of travel or contact with someone sick with the virus。

These people would be prioritized under the government’s expanded mass testing, she said in a statement.

Ms. Vergeire issued the statement after a social media post claiming that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City and Lung Center were no longer accepting swab samples and had not issued results for samples sent four or five weeks ago.

“As for delays in results of reporting, DoH is working hard to ensure that adequate supplies and personnel are available in our laboratories to ensure their timely release,” she said.

RITM operations were scaled down from April 16 to 24 after 43 of its workers were infected with the coronavirus disease 2019。

The country has 26 laboratories that can process 7,215 samples daily. The estimated daily minimum testing capacity was at 5,000, while the maximum is at 12,000, Ms. Vergeire said.

The Health department on Monday said the testing laboratory at Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in Pampanga province opened on Saturday, boosting the national capacity by 3,000 tests.

The virus has sickened 4.3 million and killed more than 287,000 people worldwide, according to the Worldometers website, citing various sources including data from the World Health Organization. More than 1.5 million people have recovered, it added. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas





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