March 29, 2020

Primer’s COVID-19 Daily Update: March 29, 2020

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  • To keep you in the loop on the recent COVID-19 situation in the Philippines, Philippine Primer rounded up the latest updates you need to know:

    Number of cases

    As of 4:00 p.m. today, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 343 new cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, raising the total number of cases to 1,418.

    DOH COVID-19 CASE BULLETIN #0154:00PM, 29 March 2020UPDATES: As of 12NN today, the Department of Health reports 343…

    Department of Health (Philippines)さんの投稿 2020年3月29日日曜日

    There are also 7 new recoveries and 3 additional mortalities recorded resulting in a total of 42 recoveries and 71 mortalities.

    Olongapo City records first COVID-19 patient

    Authorities confirmed that a 75-year-old Filipino male who had a history of travel in Manila is the first recorded COVID-19 patient from Olongapo City in Pampanga.

    Olongapo City recorded its first COVID-19 case on Saturday. In a statement, the Olongapo COVID-19 Task Force said that…

    Philippine Starさんの投稿 2020年3月28日土曜日

    La Trinidad to be placed under Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine

    After two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in La Trinidad in Benguet, the town will be placed under Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine (EEQC) starting 12:01 a.m. of March 30 until 12 a.m. of March 31. Mayor Romeo Salda said they placed the community in EEQC to help the Criminal Investigation Detection Service in tracking people who are possibly exposed to positive patients.

    Enhanced Community Quarantine Day 13: sunday stay at home. Clean and disinfect your surroundings, boost your immune…

    La Trinidad Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officeさんの投稿 2020年3月28日土曜日

    Besides La Trinidad, Lucena City in Quezon province will also implement a total lockdown from March 30 until further notice to further enhance the preemptive measures of the city against COVID-19.

    JUST IN | Isasailalim sa total lockdown ang buong Lucena City simula bukas, March 30, 2020, ayon kay City PIO Arnel…

    DWLC 1017AM Radyo Pilipinas Lucenaさんの投稿 2020年3月28日土曜日

    Currently there 5 cases in Lucena City while there are 4 scattered cases around nearby towns. After the total lockdown of Laguna province yesterday, Quezon as one of its neighboring province is still negotiating with the officials for residents who were stuck in Laguna.

    STATUS of COVID-19 Cases in Quezon Province as of 12:30PM today.

    Quezon Public Information Officeさんの投稿 2020年3月28日土曜日

    Private Hospital in Sultan Kudarat demands justice for healthcare worker

    St. Louis Hospital in Tacurong City said that five people around 5 p.m. on March 27 ganged up and violently attacked a nurse. The said healthcare worker was walking alone near the public market of the town when the suspects poured bleach on his face. Fortunately the nurse was able to reach the hospital quickly and was given proper treatment.

    The incident has been reported to the President Quirino Police Station and the fight for justice from St. Louis Hospital still continues.


    St. Louis Hospital – Tacurong Cityさんの投稿 2020年3月28日土曜日

    RITM increases testing capacity

    As the total cases of COVID-19 in the country breached to 1,000, more patients are seen to be tested within a day. From the initial 600 per day of testing COVID-19 patients, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) is now expected to conduct around 900-1,000 test a day.

    On the other hand, around 30 laboratories are being assessed to see if they could start testing for COVID-19.

    Research Institute for Tropical Medicineさんの投稿 2020年3月27日金曜日

    Chinese Embassy releases statement regarding inaccurate test kits

    The DOH recently acclaimed that some of the donated testing kits from China cannot be used because it is only 40% accurate. Thus, The Chinese Embassy in Manila clarified that these testing kits are not part of the official donations from the Chinese government.

    Meanwhile, the embassy also said that DOH confirms that two batches of 2,000 BGI PCR-type test kits and 100,000 Sansure PCR-type kits have been recently assessed by the RITM as to be part of the the provided kits by World Health Organizations.

    DOH also released a statement of their own clarifying and backing up the statement of the Chinese Embassy in Manila that the testing kits they previously mentioned are not those from the Chinese government.

    DOH ANNOUNCEMENT29 March 202012:00NN

    Department of Health (Philippines)さんの投稿 2020年3月28日土曜日

    Taytay puts up disinfection tents

    Outside the public market of Taytay in Rizal, officials have put up a disinfection tent. Market goers have to line up, undergo a checking of temperature and walk through the disinfection tent before entering the public market.

    Philippine Starさんの投稿 2020年3月28日土曜日

    DOTr expands free bus service for health care workers

    A number of 19 routes are added into the list of the free bus services for health care workers provided by the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The routes are posted as follows:

    Department of Transportation – Philippinesさんの投稿 2020年3月27日金曜日

    Additional test kits from Singapore

    The Singapore based Temasek Foundation, donated 40,000 COVID-19 test kits and two ventilators. Singapore Ambassador Gerard Ho and Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant for Foreign Affairs Robert Borje were seen during the turnover of the said donations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

    The newly donated test kits are an addition to the previous donations from Singapore. These aim to further enhance the early diagnosis of COVID-19 cases while the ventilators are to be used for patients with severe symptoms of the diseases.

    Singapore Ambassador Gerard Ho and Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant for Foreign Affairs Robert…

    Singapore Embassy in Manilaさんの投稿 2020年3月28日土曜日

    DOH apologizes and thanks healthcare workers

    After receiving backlash from the general public and health workers, the DOH has apologized for their proposed Php 500 a day compensation for healthcare volunteers in combatting COVID-19. In a Facebook post, the department stated that this amount was based on a previous volunteer program for outbreak response.

    The department then mentioned that with the passage of the Bayanihan Act, realignment of budgets will be flexible and additional funds for emergency hiring of temporary healthcare workers will be provided.

    Announcement: DOH apologizes to the public on the Health Care Warriors drive, thanks volunteers for signing up (March…

    Department of Health (Philippines)さんの投稿 2020年3月29日日曜日

    DOH also expressed their gratitude to the volunteers as well as all the health care workers on the frontline of this crisis. As of writing, there are now a total of 690 interested volunteers.

    Sources Singapore Embassy in Manila, St. Louis Hospital, Chinese Embassy in Manila,  Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Department of Health, Philippine Star, La Trinidad Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, DWLC 1017 AM Radyo Pilipinas Lucena

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