The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday 1,438 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines.
The new cases brought the total number of cases in the country to 434,357, of which, 26,916 are active cases.
Of the new cases, Davao City recorded the highest number of infections with 142. This was followed by Laguna with 89, Quezon City with 80, City of Manila with 63, and Pampanga with 58.
Meanwhile, 232 more patients recovered from the disease, bringing the overall tally of recoveries to 399,005. Also, the country’s COVID-19 death toll increased to 8,436 with 18 new fatalities.
The DOH also reported that 55 healthcare workers were recently deployed to Davao City to “assist in addressing the COVID-19 situation” in the area.
“Thirty-five of these front-liners, which include 33 nurses and two medical technologists from Northern Mindanao, will be staying in Southern Philippines Medical Center until December 14, 2020, to complement the needed human resource for health in the city,” the DOH said in a statement.
“Meanwhile, the remaining 20 nurses from Cebu city were assigned to Temporary Treatment Monitoring Facilities and Hospitals with allocated COVID-19 dedicated beds in Davao City until December 31, 2020,” it added.
According to the DOH, there are 2,225 active cases in Davao City.
“To our valiant front-liners, we deeply thank you for your tireless dedication to our nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and for continuously providing care to all, especially to COVID-19 patients. Your service to your countrymen will forever be appreciated,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in a statement.