1,951 patients push nation’s COVID-19 tally to 70,764

July 22 ------ The Department of Health (DOH) said that 1,951 newly confirmed cases were added to the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tally on Tuesday, July 21. The new infections pushed the country’s case load to 70,764. Most of the new cases came from Metro Manila, which logged 1,464 infections. Meanwhile, 90 were from Cebu, 74 from Laguna, 53 from Cavite, and 36 from Rizal. Recoveries also climbed to 23,281 with 209 new patients who have recuperated. However, two more deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 1,837.

The DOH said that the number of active cases is at 45,646. Of this number, 91.1 percent are mild, 8.0 percent are asymptomatic, 0.4 percent are severe, and 0.5 percent are critical.

Test employees

The DOH, meanwhile, encouraged employers to consider having their workers tested for COVID-19 “once every quarter.” “Private employers are highly encouraged to send their employees for regular testing at the employers’ expense in order to avoid lockdowns that may do more damage to their companies,” as stated in the DOH Memorandum No. 2020-0258-A released on Tuesday.

The principle is applicable to employees not covered by the expanded coverage of at-risk individuals eligible for COVID-19 testing. “Considering our increased testing capacity and availability of testing supplies, any person who does not fall under any of the above sub-groups but who wants to get tested using the RT-PCR will be allowed to do so if they will shoulder the full costs of testing,” it said. The DOH recently bared that its testing guidelines was expanded to “Subgroup J,” covering frontline and economic priority workers.

The sectors covered by the said subgroup are in the transport and logistics sector, such as drivers of taxis, ride hailing services, buses, conductors, pilots, flight attendants, rail operators, delivery staff, and water transport workers; food retail sector, such as waiters, baristas, chefs, cooks, restaurant managers and supervisors; education sector, such as teachers, librarians, cashiers, and guidance counselors; financial services sector, such as bank tellers; non-food retail sector, such as cashiers, stock clerks, and retailers.

Also covered are those under the services sector, such as hairdressers, barbers, manicurists, massage therapists, embalmers, morticians, undertakers, parking lot attendants, security guards, messengers, ushers, receptionists, clergymen; market vendors; construction sector, such as carpenters, stonemasons, electricians, painters, civil and structural engineers, crane operators, and elevator repairers; water supply and waste management sector, such as plumbers, garbage collectors, janitors, and cleaners; public sector, such as judges, courtroom clerks, and all national and local government employees rendering frontline services; and members of the mass media such as field reporters, photographers, and cameramen.

Source: mb.com.ph