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asiaone - 16 days ago

Philippine hospitals struggle to cope as more severe Covid-19 wave hits

MANILA - Ms Nick Yanez, a 28-year-old ambulance nurse in a satellite city of Manila, says she sometimes spends six to seven hours in her emergency vehicle caring for a Covid-19 patient before a bed can be found in a hospital. Already facing one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in Asia, the Philippines has seen a second wave of infections that is stretching health care workers in the capital like never before. The situation is more severe now. This is version 2.0. The cases are higher, we are more exhausted, said Ms Yanez, whose ambulance operates in Pasig City. The country has averaged more than 10,400 daily Covid-19 cases since the start of April, nearly double the level in March and far above the 213 per day in April 2020 and 2,169 in the second half of last year, health ministry data showed. A two-week lockdown of the capital region, an urban sprawl of 16 cities that is home to at least 13 million people, appears to have done little to ease the strain on the medical system.


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