119 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Philippines

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines yesterday reported 119 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 4,195.

The DOH further reported that 16 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 140.

However, the DOH also said that another 18 patients died, bringing the death toll to 221.

To prevent a looming domestic shortage of health workers, the Philippines has recently decided to temporarily ban sending Filipino health workers such as doctors and nurses abroad.

According to the resolution, which Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello signed, the order was to ensure the country has a sufficient number of health workers amid the public health emergency.

“Whereas it is of paramount national interest to ensure that the country shall continue to have, sustain the supply, and prepare sufficient health personnel to meet any further contingencies, especially to replace, substitute or reinforce existing workforce currently employed, deployed or utilised locally,” the resolution said.

A bakery uses plastic sheets as protection during an enhanced community quarantine to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus at the usually busy downtown Manila. PHOTO: AP