HCWs with virus now 2,000; DOH still hiring

INFECTED health-care workers (HCWs) in the country hit the 2,000-mark on Tuesday, but the Department of Health (DOH) continued to call on nurses to join the fight against Covid-19 as the government considers easing the lockdown in the coming days.

As of 4 p.m. of May 11, a total of 2,067 HCWs were confirmed cases, while 643 have already recovered, with 35 deaths.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH recorded 264 new cases (PH11087-PH11350) of Covid-19. The total number of cases in the country is now at 11,350.

The DOH also announced 107 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,106. There were also 25 new deaths from the disease. The death toll stood at 751.

The DOH continued to announce its emergency hiring of HCWs for priority facilities such as: Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Bureau of Quarantine.

Vergeire said different numbers of nurses are needed for different hospitals.

Meanwhile, in honor of National Nurses Week, Vergeire thanked them for their dedication in fighting Covid-19 as the country faces unprecedented challenges from the disease.

She also appealed to the nurses to help fight Covid-19 as other areas transition from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ).

Image Credits: Roy Domingo

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