‘The 2019 Plague” Day 164’
VIENTIANE- Six of 10 Covid-19 patients test negative for first time
Six out of the 10 remaining patients with Covid-19 at Mittaphab Hospital have tested negative for the virus for the first time and will be discharged on Saturday (May 9) if they test negative for a second time.
The six patients were scheduled to be tested on Friday and will be allowed to return home if a second test on Saturday is also negative, it was reported at the daily media briefing on Friday.
As of May 7, a total of 1,010 people, including Lao workers returning from neighbouring countries, had been placed in 83 quarantine centres. All of them were tested for the coronavirus but all the results were negative.
As of 6 am on May 8, a total of 3,910,374 people in 212 countries had contracted Covid-19. The virus has claimed 270,302 lives, while at least 1,335,248 people have recovered, according to the Taskforce Committee.
By Phomphong Laoin
MANILA- COVID-19 tally continues rise with 184 new cases
MANILA, Philippines — As the enhanced community quarantine eclipses seven weeks, the Department of Health Sunday recorded 184 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the nationwide count to 10,794 cases.
With an additional 82 recoveries and 15 deaths, the now 1,924 total recoveries and death toll of 719 bring the number of active cases in the country to 8,151.
This comes after Saturday’s coronavirus count which saw the tally increase from 10,463 to 10,610.
Department of Health data also shows that medical frontliners account for 18.5% of the country’s confirmed COVID-19 patients, or around one health worker for every five cases.
According to Worldometers, the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has swelled to 4,100,799, with 1,441,487 recoveries and 280,432 deaths.
The task force behind the country’s response to the new pathogen is set to convene next Monday to discuss scenarios post-May 15 for areas currently under enhanced community quarantine.
The week in coronavirus updates
In light of the continuing rise in cases, which the Department of Health has attributed to clerical backlog in the wake of enhanced testing capabilities, Metro Manila cities are mulling the possibility of graduating to a relaxed general community quarantine after May 15.
In a statement issued early Sunday morning, healthcare group Coalition for People’s Right to Health (CPRH) cast fear that the country was not actually flattening the curve and was simply “regressing toward the mean.”
Yet, both the Palace and the interior department have also expressed optimism that Metro Manila would ease out of is enhanced community quarantine after May 15.
Earlier this week, the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order on ABS-CBN Corporation, resulting in the shutdown of the network’s broadcast services including ABS-CBN, DZMM, MOR and DZMM Teleradyo.
Many have slammed the move as an attack on the free press, saying it deprived Filipinos of a valuable source of information in a time of pandemic. — with reports from Ratziel San Juan and Gaea Katreena Cabico
If you believe you have come into possible contact with infected patients, you may be directed to the proper office of the Department of Health for advice through the following lines: (632) 8651-7800 local 1149/1150 or (632) 165-364.
You may also opt to call the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine at (02) 8807-2631/ 8807-2632/ 8807-2637. The general public has also been encouraged to forward its concerns to the Health Department’s dedicated 24/7 COVID-19 hotlines (02) 894-COVID and 1555 (free for all subscribers).
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