Despite the ongoing enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and four provinces, the Department of Health logged a record 15,310 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Saturday.
However, the DOH said the latest figure included 3,790 Covid-19 case backlogs that explains the 6,128 infections recorded on Friday. However, deducting the 3,790 from the 15,310 would result in 11,520 new Covid-19 cases, which is another record high as the previous high was 10,616 logged last week.
If there is any consolation, the death toll was on Saturday was only 17 bringing the total to 13,320 while 434 recovered for a total of 604,368 recoveries.
As the DOH recorded a new record in daily Covid cases on Saturday, the agency said it was eyeing the expansion of the ONE Hospital Command Center to ONE COVID Referral Network in order to cater to more patients nationwide.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said the upgrade will integrate the healthcare system – from the lower-level facilities beginning with Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams, isolation treatment facilities, infirmaries, up to district hospitals levels 1 to 3.
“It will require a much more sophisticated navigation system and also coupled with a database management system. Corollary to that, under the Universal Healthcare Law, primary care facilities are being pursued. There is a delay because of the Covid-19 pandemic but this is one of the immediate deliverables under the Universal Healthcare Law,” Duque said in a news release.
He is confident that the establishment of ONE COVID Referral Network will enable the government to better respond to the health needs of Filipinos, particularly in linking Covid-19 patients with healthcare facilities.
Meanwhile, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 treatment czar, Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega, briefed Congress on the efforts to boost the country’s treatment capacity.
“We have imposed on the public and private hospitals since last year to increase their bed capacity in private to 20 percent, government hospitals to 30 percent,” he said. “We were able to set up the ONE Hospital Command and we are now trying to improve on this since we are adjusting in terms of the number of personnel and the upgrade of our telecommunication. And we also did augmentation of medicines and medical supplies for Covid-19,” he added. SOVEREIGNPH