By Analou de Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday (May 17) that another 74 COVID-19 patients have recovered, boosting the total number of COVID-19 survivors to 2,635.
In its latest case bulletin, DOH put the total number of confirmed cases in the country at 12,513, with 208 new cases as of 4 p.m. Sunday.
Of the new confirmed cases, 174 were detected in the National Capital Region and the 34 others were found in other parts of the country.
Seven more patients succumbed to the disease. To date, 824 people have already died, the DOH said.
Meanwhile, Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire said there are now 117 patients currently participating in the World Health Organization’s Solidarity Trial to find a possible treatment for COVID-19.
“As of May 16, 117 patients are enrolled from 15 study sites,” Vergeire said in a Viber message to reporters.
The drugs involved in the clinical trials are remdesivir, chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, and drug combinations lopinavir with ritonavir, and lopinavir with ritonavir plus interferon beta-1a.
Closed-door games, online education amid COVID-19
In a related development, a medical anthropologist said that sport matches behind closed doors could now be part of the “new normal” amid the threat of the novel coronavirus.
“Maybe the way to go is to have the competitions with no audience but can be livestreamed at home,” said Dr. Michael Tan, who was also a former chancellor of the University of the Philippines.
“We can see this in other countries which resumed their competitions but have no audience, and are instead televised. That is a possible model,” he added.
Tan also advised sports coaches to provide exercises for the athletes that can be done at home.
“The coaches must provide conditioning exercises for their athletes to do at home. We need to keep the athletes in top condition,” Tan said.
Meanwhile, he encouraged telecommunication companies to provide affordable internet rates to students and teachers as online learning will play a huge part in the educational system amid the COVID-19.
“I am calling on our telcos…they have to bring down the cost and hopefully they will have (internet) packages to help our students and faculty (members),” Tan said.
“It is the way to go. We really have to go into online.”