Almost 2,000 healthcare workers got infected with COVID-19 according to DOH

Almost 2,000 healthcare workers got infected with COVID-19 according to DOH

- Department of Health reported that 1,991 Filipino healthcare workers have been infected with the novel coronavirus

- This makes up nearly 19 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in the country which is now at 10,794

- 544 of these infected healthcare workers recovered and a total of 34 fatalities

- The World Health Organization earlier expressed concern over the high number of infected healthcare worker in the country

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The Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 1,991 healthcare workers infected with COVID-19. In its report on Sunday, nearly 19 percent of the country's total COVID-19 cases were constituted of healthcare workers.

10, 794 COVID-19 cases were recorded.

The Health Department said in its report that recoveries among health workers rose to 544 while the death toll remains at 34.

Among the medical professions infected were nurses (754); doctors (628); nursing assistants (127); medial technologists (72); and radiologic technologists (39).

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This number of cases among healthcare workers prompted the World Health Organization to express concern.

However, the DOH said that with the government's intervention, a decline in the infection of healthcare workers is seen.

The coronavirus outbreak is believed to have started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine as well as many other provinces all over the country.

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