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DOH: Metro Manila hospitals congested amid COVID-19 situation

The bed capacity of health care facilities in Metro Manila are being surpassed by the number of patients seeking medical attention amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday.

"Aaminin po natin ngayon na ang mga ospital natin, especially here in Metro Manila ay napupuno na po dahil sa dagsa ng tao," DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an interview on GMA News TV's Balitanghali.

"Hindi natin sinasabi na ganoon na kadami ang mga may sakit ng COVID-19 kaya lang marami lang nagso-show ng signs and symptoms," she added.

Vergeire reiterated the directive of health authorities to the public that those who have mild symptoms and not showing any symptoms at all should undergo home quarantine and avoid flocking to hospitals.

"Mas tataas ang risk ng pagkakahawa-hawa ng populasyon kung pati po 'yung mild at asymptomatic ay nasa ospital din at naghihintay kasama ng mga posible na may COVID-19," she added.

The country has 142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the disease has entered the stage of sustained community transmission, according to the DOH.

The Philippines' testing capacity to determine whether a person is infected or not was still limited but Vergeire assured that more test kits are arriving from Japan and China on top of the batch that arrived from South Korea last Saturday.

The whole of Luzon was placed under an enhanced community quarantine to regulate mobility and prevent the further spread of the highly-contagious disease. — Dona Magsino/DVM, GMA News