Senior medics in the Philippines have pleaded with the government to impose a strict lockdown in the capital Manila or risk losing the battle to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
As the World Health Organization recorded the highest daily number of new cases so far during the pandemic, doctors said the Philippines’ fragile health system needs a ‘downtime’ to avoid collapse.
Two of Manila City’s largest government hospitals have temporarily closed this week due to infections that have plagued healthcare workers. Many hospitals in the capital have also reported the full capacity of their Covid-19 beds and have closed their doors to new patients.
“Our health care workers are suffering from burnout with a seemingly endless number of patients coming to our hospitals for emergency care and admission,” said Jose Santiago, president of the leading group of physicians Philippine Medical Association. .
“We are fighting a losing battle against Covid-19 and we must develop a consolidated and definitive action plan.”
Doctors’ groups released the joint statement as the country posted a record high of around 4,000 cases per day in the past two days, bringing the total to 93,354 infections as of July 31. It has the second-highest number of cases in Southeast Asia, although recent figures have raised concerns that it could soon overtake Indonesia, which has more than 108,000 cases in total.
They called on President Rodrigo Duterte to reimpose a strict lockdown in the country’s capital and neighboring provinces from August 1 to 15 to give health workers “downtime”. They said the government should also use the time to “recalibrate strategies against Covid-19”.
Aileen Espina from the Philippine Society of Public Health Physicians said, “We’ve been in this fight since March. We feel that we are approaching the end of our line. We ask for everyone’s help. “
The Philippines has imposed one of the longest and strictest lockdowns in the region, which has not been observed in other countries, but medics said the detection, isolation and tracing of contacts mediocre had failed to contain the disease. Since lockdowns were eased, outbreaks in construction sites and industrial factories have been reported.
July became the worst month for the coronavirus pandemic in the United States after deaths increased by nearly 25,000 and new cases doubled in at least 18 states. The United States recorded nearly 1.8 million new cases of Covid-19 in July, bringing the total to over 4.5 million and deaths to more than 152,000.
California has overtaken New York as the state with the most infections, racking up 493,140 cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. He reported a record number of deaths on four different days in just over a week.
With more than 17.5 million people infected with Covid-19 worldwide and 679,439 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The WHO said a record 292,527 new cases were added on Friday, most of them from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa.
Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease expert, struck a brighter note when he told Congress on Friday that he was “cautiously optimistic” that a “safe and effective” coronavirus vaccine would be available to the public by the end of 2020.
the United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned the country could face a second lockdown unless people follow social distancing rules and hygiene measures such as wearing a face mask.
He said he was suspending the reopening of leisure businesses in England, such as casinos and bowling alleys, and preventing beauty salons from resuming treatments closely, for at least two weeks to limit the threat of a real resurgence. Parts of northern England have been put back into lockdown.
South Korea Authorities have arrested the founder of a secret Christian sect at the center of the country’s largest outbreak of Covid-19 infections. It is alleged that Lee Man-hee, 89, withheld crucial information about some members of his Shincheonji Church of Jesus from tracer contacts as they sought to establish how the virus was spreading as the country suffered its worst epidemic in February.
The church is linked to more than 5,200 coronavirus infections, or 36% of the total cases in South Korea.
A second person died of complications from the coronavirus in Vietnamofficials said on Saturday, a day after recording his first death as he battled a new outbreak after 99 days without a local case.
Death in Australia passed 200 years after three more deaths were recorded in Victoria and one person died in New South Wales. Victoria is at the heart of a second wave of infections, with nursing homes across the state particularly affected.
Lockdown helped cut rhino poaching in half South Africathe country’s environment minister said on Friday. In the first six months of the year 166 rhinos were poached in South Africa, up from 316 in the first half of 2019, said Barbara Creecy, a drop of 53%.
International smuggling routes had also been disrupted, affecting the horn trade, but poaching had started to increase again as the lockdown was eased.