9 doctors die of Covid-19 in Philippines

A coffin along a road warning motorists to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic in Santo Tomas in Pampanga province, Philippines, yesterday. Three large Manila hospitals announced yesterday they had reached full capacity and would no longer accept new coronavirus cases. – EPA pic, March 26, 2020.

NINE doctors have died in the Philippines from the coronavirus, the country’s top medical association said today, as hospitals were overwhelmed and medics complained about a lack of protection on the front lines.

The announcement of the doctors’ deaths heightened fears that the scale of the health crisis in the Philippines is much worse than is being officially reported, with the confirmed virus death toll at just 38.

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