Canada Coronavirus. Philippines: One million caregivers call for strict containment

17:05  01 august  2020
17:05  01 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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As the Philippines has faced a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases for three days, more than one million caregivers have called for strict containment to stem the epidemic.

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte announced on Saturday that he has ordered his coronavirus team to respond to the alarm cry from more than a million doctors and nurses calling for a strict reconfinemnet after three days of record cases of contamination.

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In the region, only Indonesia is paying a higher price in terms of coronavirus cases and number of deaths.

Fear of health system collapse

In the largest medical appeal ever to contain the virus, 80 groups representing 80,000 doctors and one million nurses warned that the country was in losing the battle against the virus, and that without the return of stricter containment measures, especially in and around Manila, the health system was in danger of collapsing.

However, the government does not yet seem ready to return to stricter containment, despite its health measures being among the strictest in the world and only just relaxed last June.

Manila and neighboring provinces account for two-thirds of the Philippine economy, which was one of the fastest growing in Asia before the epidemic broke.

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