Philippines: Over 1,100 Health Workers Tested Positive for COVID-19

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The number of health workers who tested positive for Covid-19 (coronavirus) in the Philippines has climbed to 1,101, a senior Philippine health official said on Sunday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual media briefing that among the infected medical workers are 434 doctors, 400 nurses, 55 nursing assistant, 32 medical technologist, and 21 radiologic technologists.

Vergeire said that 26 health workers have died from the disease, including 20 doctors and 6 nurses.

The government is now conducting emergency hiring of physicians, nurses, medical technologists, and other support health personnel to augment the current frontline health work force fight against this pandemic.

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