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Health workers with COVID-19 now 2,165; no new death recorded

The number of healthcare workers who have contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has climbed to 2,165, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported that 737 of these health workers have recovered from the respiratory illness while 1,393 are active cases or undergoing treatment or quarantine.

Among the active cases, 1,007 are mild, 380 are asymptomatic, five are severe, while one is critical.

“Ang 1,393 active cases [ay] mas mababa sa naitalang active cases na 1,421 kahapon. Ibig sabihin, tumaas ang bilang ng ating COVID-19 survivors na healthcare workers,” Vergeire said.

She also announced that no new COVID-19-related fatality was recorded among health workers on Wednesday, keeping the death toll at 35.

The five medical professions with the highest number of cases were nurses with 790 cases, doctors with 652, nursing assistants with 133, medical technologists with 75, and radiologic technologists with 40.

Over 200 other non-medical staff were also included in the tally.

“Paunti na nang paunti ang nakikita nating healthcare workers na nagpopositibo,” Vergeire said.

However, health workers still account for 19 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Philippines has recorded 11,876 cases with 2,337 recoveries and 790 deaths as of Thursday afternoon. — RSJ, GMA News