By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) reported on April 7, Tuesday, 104 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as well as 14 new deaths among COVID-19 patients.
In its latest case bulletin, the DOH said that the country now has 3,764 confirmed cases, while the number of fatalities has risen to 177.
Meanwhile, the total number of patients who recovered from the disease is now at 84, the DOH said.
In a press briefing on April 6, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they cannot determine yet if the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is now decreasing.
“Base sa trend na nakita nitong nakaraang linggo, hindi pa natin masabi kung bumababa na ang bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa ating bansa. Maaga pa po para makapagsabi tayo kung ito ay bumababa na o patuloy na tumataas. Kailangan pa po natin ng mas masusing pag-aaral (Based on the trend that we observed last week, we still cannot conclude if the number of cases of COVID-19 in the country is on the decline. It is too early to say if the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is now decreasing or still increasing. We still need to conduct further studies),” she said.
In a related development, the Health department said that residents of Metro Manila can consider having telemedicine consultations.
The DOH launched a 24/7 telemedicine hotline in partnership with Telimed Management Inc. and Medgate to provide free telemedicine consultations to patients who need COVID-19 medical advice, and other non-COVID-19 primary care consultations.
The DOH said that starting today, April 7, Metro Manila residents may call the hotline: 02-8424-1724 “to consult with a doctor for COVID-19 medical advice and non-COVID health-related concerns, free of charge.”
“All consortium doctors are licensed and certified to provide telemedicine consultations,” it added.
Meanwhile, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has also launched a dedicated telemedicine hotline for its COVID-19 Bayanihan Operations Center, the DOH said.
“Operated by volunteers, the public can reach medical professionals through the number 155-200, available 24 hours a day,” said the DOH.
Recently, the DOH also launched emergency hotlines in response to COVID-19. These are hotline 1555 and 02-894-26843 (COVID).
The Health Department said callers may ask questions “if they suspect they are infected with COVID-19, or request assistance if they have symptoms and/or known exposure to confirmed cases or patients under investigation.”