Philippines losing virus war, doctors warn Duterte

A health worker’s booth gets disinfected as she puts on new gloves while waiting for a patient at a swabbing booth in Quezon City, the Philippines. An increasing number of health workers have fallen ill or quit their jobs. – EPA pic, August 1, 2020.

DOZENS of doctors’ groups today warned that the Philippines was losing the coronavirus fight, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten a recently eased lockdown as cases surged and hospitals turned away patients.

Eighty medical associations representing tens of thousands of doctors signed the open letter, a day after the country posted a record single-day count of more than 4,000 new infections, pushing the total past 93,000.

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