By Analou De Vera
Twelve additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported by the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday night, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Philippines to 64.
The ages of the new cases range between 27 to 70 years old.
“For those who are confirmed cases, please let our hospitals take care of you. Studies show that chances of recovery are high,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
-Patient 53 is a 30-year-old Filipino from Mandaluyong City admitted at The Medical City.
-Patient 54 is a 40-year-old Filipino from Pasig City admitted at the Ortigas Hospital and Health Care Center.
-Patient 55 is a 59-year-old woman admitted at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center.
-Patient 56 is a 41-year-old man admitted at St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City.
-Patient 57 is a 65-year-old man admitted at The Medical City.
-Patient 58 is a 45-year-old Filipina from Makati City admitted at The Medical City.
-Patient 59 is a 27-year-old man admitted at the Makati Medical Center.
-Patient 60 is a 49-year-old man from Makati City admitted at the St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City.
-Patient 61 is a 70-year-old woman admitted at the University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center.
-Patient 62 is a 35-year-old woman admitted at the Ortigas Hospital and Health Care Center.
-Patient 63 is a 33-year-old Filipino from Rizal province admitted at the Marikina Valley Medical Center.
-Patient 64 is a 32-year-old man from Manila admitted at the Bataan St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center.
The DOH urged the public to cooperate with and help the government on the conduct of the contact tracing as it deploys surveillance teams in coordination with the local government units.
“We continually ask the public to cooperate and help us in the investigation and contact tracing activities. Please contact DOH and call the designated hotline (02) 8-651-7800 loc 1149-1150,” Duque said. “Let us take it upon ourselves to protect our family and our community’s health and well-being.”
Meanwhile, the Health chief urged elderly people and individuals with underlying health conditions to be more vigilant and avoid crowded areas and mass gatherings.
Duque also urged the public to avoid hoarding basic commodities, particularly hygiene and sanitation products.
“It does not help us fight off COVID-19. Realize that when you hoard, you are being part of the problem by denying the rest of your fellowmen the means to protect themselves,” he said.
Some consumers flocked to groceries to buy food and essential items after President Duterte announced a community quarantine for Metro Manila for 30 days amid the threat of COVID-19.
“We at the Department of Health are in full support of the President’s proclamation and are all geared up to implement his directives,” Duque said. “The decision to implement a community quarantine was made in the best interest of the public. I enjoin everyone, young and old, to cooperate fully with our government.”