Philippines ‘losing battle’ as WHO records biggest jump in Covid-19 cases

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DOCTORS in the Philippines are calling for a strict lockdown in the capital Manila or risk losing the battle to check the spread of coronavirus.

The country’s fragile health system, according to the medics, requires a time out to avert collapse, even as the World Health Organisation (WHO) recorded the highest daily number of new cases so far during the pandemic.

“Our health workers are suffering burnout with a seemingly endless number of patients trooping to our hospitals for emergency care and admission,” said Jose Santiago, president of the leading doctors’ group, Philippine Medical Association, on the heel of the temporary closure of Manila’s largest government hospitals as infections hit medical workers.

He said doctors were “waging a losing battle against Covid-19 and we need to draw up a consolidated and definitive plan of action.”

The country posted a record of about 4,000 cases each day in the past 48 hours.

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