Rise of COVID-19 cases due to NCR shift to GCQ was expected, healthcare authorities say

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COVID-19 referral hospitals in Metro Manila reported an upshot in admissions of COVID-19 afflicted patients after the National Capital Region shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) in June 1.

The Philippine General Hospital (PGH), the country’s lead hospital in treating coronavirus infections, is currently admitting an average of 172 COVID-19 patients a day from just 70-80 cases previously.

“The last 8 days, we noted some increase in admissions. We were able to handle that by discharging patients or shifting the beds. Tumaas ‘yan dahan-dahan, naging 100, 150,” Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, the director of PGH, said.

The Lung Center of the Philippines also reported a spike in number of coronavirus patients since the first week of June. Dr. Tony Ramos, director of LCP, said they increased their bed capacity to accommodate new COVID-19 patients.

PGH and LCP officials were not surprised when the number of coronavirus patients increased after government lifted the strict enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila.

“It’s something that we expected and something that we prepared for,” Ramos said.

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