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COVID-19 beds in 3 Metro Manila hospitals almost fully occupied

MANILA, Philippines, December 15 ------ Beds allocated for COVID patients in three Metro Manila hospitals are almost fully occupied, the Department of Health (DOH) reported. Health Undersecretary Eric Tayag said the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) and The Medical City recorded an increase in COVID admissions. “Halos sagad na ‘yung mga kaso ng COVID nila. Sa ibang rehiyon naman ay hindi pa umaabot sa ganong sitwasyon,” Tayag said in a television interview.


From Dec. 2 to 11, Tayag said the DOH recorded 1,810 COVID cases or a daily average of 260 new infections. The figure is higher compared to the previous week’s daily average of 100 COVID cases, the DOH said. According to Tayag, the DOH has been assessing if the patients admitted for COVID are not fully vaccinated. He pointed out that vaccines protect people, especially the vulnerable population from getting infected with COVID.


Amid the rising cases of COVID nationwide, Tayag said the DOH is still not inclined to revive mandatory masking. He encouraged the public to wear face masks and avoid going to crowded places. Those who are already experiencing flu-like symptoms are advised to stay home and not attend Christmas parties to avoid spreading the disease.




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