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29 health workers succumb to COVID-19; over 1,300 infected –DOH

Twenty-nine health workers died on the frontlines in the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that 22 of these fatalities were doctors.

Meanwhile, the number of healthcare workers who contracted COVID-19 climbed to 1,336.

Among these cases were 507 nurses, 493 doctors, 74 nursing assistants, 47 medical technologists, 28 radiologic technologists, 11 respiratory therapists, and 11 midwives.

The remaining 165 cases were other healthcare professionals such as dentists, barangay health workers, and administrative aides.

Meanwhile, Vergeire said that the DOH would distribute more personal protective equipment to several hospitals and quarantine facilities across the country.

The World Health Organization earlier said that the high infection rate among healthcare workers in the Philippines was “worrisome.”

The Philippines recorded nearly 8,000 COVID-19 cases with 975 recoveries and 530 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon. — DVM, GMA News