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Health workers with COVID-19 now at 2,741; recoveries up to 1,598

The number of healthcare workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) climbed to 2,741 as of June 8, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.

In its daily COVID-19 report, the DOH said 1,598 of these health workers have recovered from the respiratory disease, while the death toll has remained at 32 since May 29.

The other 1,111 medical workers are active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine.

Of this number, 987 are mild cases, 123 are asymptomatic, while one is in severe condition.

Health workers still account for 12 percent of the total infections nationwide.

The Philippines has logged 22,992 COVID-19 cases, with 4,736 recoveries and 1,017 deaths, as of Tuesday afternoon. 

Meanwhile, Tuesday was the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for the distribution of sickness and death benefits to health workers with COVID-19. 

The DOH said 26 of the 32 bereaved families of healthcare workers who succumbed to COVID-19 have received the P1-million benefit mandated by law as of Monday

Ten health workers considered severe COVID-19 cases have also received their P100,000 benefit. — Julia Mari Ornedo/BM, GMA News