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World Philippine Doctors Urge Time-Out as Coronavirus Cases Surge

09:25  01 august  2020
09:25  01 august  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Doctors in the Philippines have appealed to the government to reimpose tighter movement restrictions in the area around Manila as coronavirus cases continue to surge . The heads of about 40 medical societies called on President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday to return metro Manila to strict community

At the same time , a surge in cases in South Korea — where the total figure soared above 340 on Saturday and scores more were being monitored The acknowledgment by provincial leaders came as national officials announced on Saturday that 397 new coronavirus cases had been reported in

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Doctors in the Philippines have appealed to the government to reimpose tighter movement restrictions in the area around Manila as coronavirus cases continue to surge.

The heads of about 40 medical societies called on President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday to return metro Manila to strict community quarantine for two weeks to ease a rise in infections and allow health workers to recover from exhaustion.

“Healthcare workers are united in sounding a distressed signal,” Jose Santiago, president of Philippine Medical Association, said. “Our healthcare system has been overwhelmed.”

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It comes as coronavirus cases in the country surge , leaving its doctors and hospitals stretched. Groups of doctors at GP surgeries in the city are assisting hospitals with the testing of potential coronavirus patients in order to ease some of the pressure on the health system, officials say.

At the same time , the distinctions between the two hospitals are fading fast, as confirmed coronavirus cases in Los Already, doctors there are seeing an uptick. The number of confirmed or suspected coronavirus We will run into a room even if we are out of masks, but what happens if I get infected

Doctors also want the country’s Department of Health to be the lead agency in the fight against the pandemic and not leave its implementation to local government units.

Philippine Capital May Return to Lockdown as Infections Rise © Bloomberg Philippine Capital May Return to Lockdown as Infections Rise

Health workers work at a drive-in Covid-19 testing site set up at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, the Philippines, on July 21.

Photographer: Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg

Duterte on Friday kept the area around the capital under a more relaxed general community quarantine while imposing localized lockdowns on villages with high infection rates. He said Filipinos may return to their normal lives by December amid global progress in the search for a vaccine.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Philippines keeps breaking its record for daily coronavirus cases © Bloomberg Philippines keeps breaking its record for daily coronavirus cases

The Department of Health on Friday said there were 4,063 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day increase, bringing the total to 93,354 -- the second-largest number of infections in Southeast Asia.

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I urge all doctors to come out and discharge their duties,” Dr Taha Mateen, managing trustee, HBS Hospital, Shivajinagar, said in a video appeal from his I need just six hours of your time in a day.” ‘There’s urgent need to mobilise healthcare staff’ Dr Taha Mateen, managing trustee, HBS Hospital

Emergency rooms across the country are preparing for a crush of cases , but with limited capacity and supplies, administrators fear they will not be ready. Even with some time to prepare, administrators fear they will not be ready. Staffing shortages could hinder care if doctors and nurses become infected.

Even as Manila and surrounds has the highest number of active virus cases, more businesses including gyms and drive-in cinemas have been allowed to reopen. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said on Friday the economy has started to recover and that consumers must start spending.

a group of people walking down a busy city street: Philippine Capital May Return to Lockdown as Infections Rise © Bloomberg Philippine Capital May Return to Lockdown as Infections Rise

Shoppers and pedestrians wear face masks while walking down a street in Manila on July 21.

Photographer: Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg

The continued spread means preventive measures aren’t effective and a two-week “time out” would allow authorities to come up with a comprehensive plan, Philippine College of Physicians Vice President Maricar Limpin said.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the strict lockdown in metro Manila had served its purpose and other strategies need to be identified, including “stringent enforcement of minimum public health standards, massive targeted testing, intensified tracing and quarantine of close contacts.”

(Updates with government response in final paragraph.)

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