Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

By the Staff

MANILA – The Department of Health on Sunday (10 May 2020) registered 184 new hospital admissions or confinement of individuals afflicted with the novel coronavirus disease.

Of the said number, the National Capital Region again tallied with the biggest number of cases at 77 or 42 percent of the total tally nationwide while Region 7 accounted but two patients shy at 75 or 41%.

Other areas reported 32 COVID-19 infected individuals (17%) to complete the 184 count for the day and 10,794 overall patients of coronavirus cases in PH.

Good number of recoveries

There was again a good number of recoveries of 82 individuals for a total of 1,924 survivors of the killer disease, which on the flipside of things, already claimed 719 lives in the country.

On Sunday, there were 15 more new deaths the DOH said.

The DOH also said that, highly contagious the virus is, medical front liners account for 18.5% of the country’s confirmed COVID-19 patients, or around one health worker for every five cases.

Task force

Meanwhile, the task force on the country’s response to the universal health crisis is set to convene on Monday (11 May 2020) to discuss post-May 15 scenarios or upon the expiration of the extended enhanced community quarantine.

Together with the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Metro Manila Council, which is made up of the 17 Metro mayors, has recommended three post-May 15 scenarios to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease.

On top of which is another 15-day extension of the ECQ and the possibility of graduating to a relaxed general community quarantine after May 15.

The Palace and the interior department have expressed optimism that Metro Manila would ease out of its ECQ after May 15.

DOH advice

The DOH advices the public that on cases of possible contact with infected patients, parties may get in touch with the agency through the following lines: (632) 8651-7800 local 1149/1150 or (632) 165-364.

They may also opt to call the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine at (02) 8807-2631/ 8807-2632/ 8807-2637.

The general public has also been encouraged to forward its concerns to DOH’s dedicated 24/7 COVID-19 hotlines (02) 894-COVID and 1555 (free for all subscribers).

Respiratory disease

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that, according to unconfirmed reports, originated in China’s city of Wuhan in Hubei province in late 2019.

The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses named the novel coronavirus as SARS-CoV-2.

The virus causes mild symptoms such as fever and cough for most people but can cause serious illness such as pneumonia for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.

Coronavirus is one in a family of viruses whose surfaces have a crown-like appearance or corona.

Hence, the viruses are named for the spikes on their surfaces.

Worldwide cases

Cases worldwide of the coronavirus already reached 4,024,737 including 1,375,854 recoveries and 279,313 deaths.

The five most impacted countries the world over are the following:

  1. United States – 1,343,937 cases; 201,293 recoveries; and 79,696 deaths
  2. Spain – 223,578; 133,952; 26,478
  3. Italy – 218,268; 103,031; 30,395
  4. United Kingdom – 215,260; (no data); 31,587
  5. Russia – 209,688; 34,306; 1,915 (ia/

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