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Coronavirus disease now claims 19 lives in Philippines

METRO MANILA, Philippines (MDN National News) – As the deadly coronavirus infection surge in the country, covid-19 has already claimed 19 lives, the Department of Health reported on Saturday, March 21.

Maria Rosario Vergeire, DOH Undersecretary told the media that as of March 21, there are 32 new cases of people infected with the deadly coronavirus disease, bringing the total count of infected persons to 262.

The same information was also available at the website of John Hopkins University, which give daily updates of the deadly coronavirus from country to country.

Based on John Hopkins' tally of the top countries severely hit by the deadly virus based on fatalities, we are posting here the top 8 countries as follows:

1. Italy – 47,021 confirmed cases – 4,032 deaths – 4,440 recovered
2. China – 81,304 confirmed cases – 3,259 deaths – 71,857 recovered
3. Spain – 25,374 confirmed cases – 1,375 deaths – 2.125 recovered
4. Germany – 21,652 confirmed cases – 73 deaths – 209 recovered
5. Iran – 20,610 confirmed cases –   1556 deaths – 7,635 recovered
6. United States – 19,931 confirmed cases – 275 deaths – 175 recovered 
7. France – 12,483 confirmed cases – 450 deaths – 12 recovered
8. UK – 4,176 confirmed cases – 179 deatch – 67 recovered

Philippines is way below, with 262 confirmed cases, 19 deaths and 13 recovered 

Meanwhile, four of 12 Persons Under Investigations in Northern Mindanao tested negative of covid-19

Patients under investigations at the regional hospital in Cagayan de Oro, already tested negative of SARS-COV-2, the causative agent of coronavirus disease.

DOH-10 Regional Director Suba-an said the four patients currently isolated and quarantined at NMMC did not show the viral RNA, which is present in persons infected with the deadly coronavirus disease (covid-19).

The DOH official, however did not say, whether the negative result of the four patients was based on swab testing that were sent to Metro Manila, or merely a result of local tests made by local doctors at the state-run Northern Mindanao Medical Center.

Dr Jose Chan, the chief of hospital at NMMC revealed that until now they hve not received their covid-19 testing kits, which had put them in dilemma in easily identifying whether the PUIs were already covid-19 positive or negative of the deadly strain.

Chan said that the local health authorities have been asking the national government to provide provincial hospitals the “testing kits” to be able to immediately detect whether a patient.

“Our problem is that we have to transport samplings for laboratory testing to the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine in Mandaluyong before we could determine whether the patient is COVID-19 positive,” Chan said.

As a result, two of those PUIs who have died this week were not known whether they were coronavirus positive or not. They were only identified by local attending physicians as persons who died because of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).

The chief of hospital also reported that those who died of SARI were not residents of Cagayan de Oro, as they were only referred by other local hospitals in Northern Mindanao since NMMC is the most equipped government hosptal in the region, fully supported by DOH-10 and DOH National. 

Dr Chan also revealed that he has implemented covid-19 prevetive measures at NMMC by having all doctors and nurses taking care of PUIs to undergo quarantine. This, even if they are off duty, as a way of effectively resisting contamination from those PUIs who are still waiting results of their lab tests.

He said the medical workers might spread the virus to their immediate families, friends and their circle of friends.  

Chan revealed this yesterday even as he said that they have provided a holding quarters for these medical personnel to rest after their 12-hour shift.

"It is there where they will sleep, it is there where they will eat," Chan said during a press conference Saturday, March 21.

The cycle is repeated for one whole week until they will be relieved by two other medical teams who will cover the 12-hour shifts each day for the next seven-day cycle.
Chan said that each medical team is composed of seven doctors and nurses or a total of 14 personnel on duty for a one-week rotation.

Within a 12-hour shift, each medical team is responsible for all the PUIs confined at the hospital.

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