Philippines logs 17,411 new Covid-19 cases, total surges to 2,434,753

MANILA (Xinhua): The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 17,411 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday (Sept 23), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 2,434,753.

The DOH also reported that 177 more people died from Covid-19 complications, pushing the country's death toll to 37,405.

The Philippines has been reporting below 20,000 daily cases since Sept 19.

On Sept 11, the DOH reported its highest ever daily tally with 26,303 cases.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to help augment the medical staff of hospitals in Metro Manila that are "filled to the brim" with Covid-19 patients.

In a pre-recorded public address aired late Wednesday night, Duterte said he ordered the medical corps of the AFP and the PNP to be "on deck."

Duterte noted that frontline health workers in some public and private hospitals are sickened by Covid-19 and unable to work.

"Our government workers are being impaired. Our healthcare workers are getting sick, our hospitals are being filled to the brim, and more of our people are getting sick and dying from Covid-19," Duterte said.

"Many of our public and private hospitals are already running at full capacity. Their health workers are quarantined, so they cannot accept Covid-19 admissions anymore," he added.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reported to Duterte that the AFP surgeon general has already coordinated with some hospitals regarding the deployment of nurses. He added that the military is gathering more medical personnel from the provinces.

Hospitals in Metro Manila and its adjacent areas are short-staffed as the country battles a third Covid-19 surge, forcing some hospitals to turn away severely ill coronavirus patients.

The Philippines, which has around 110 million population, has tested more than 19 million people since the outbreak in January 2020.

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