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Keeping the healthcare system intact: Philippines reported 5000 cases in one day.

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Philippine hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19

The Philippines reported 5000 cases just in one day.

In a letter to President Duterte, healthcare workers said, “The health sector cannot hold the line for much longer We are waging a losing battle against Covid-19.”

“Our healthcare system has been overwhelmed,” they said, adding that many doctors and nurses were resigning “because of fear, fatigue, and poor working conditions”.

We need a consolidated action plan, they said.

Addressing them, Mr Duterte said:

“We are aware that you are tired. But we don’t have anywhere else to go. You were the ones who have the education, the know-how. You tell us about your agony, and you tell us you’re ready to quit. I plead with you, ‘Please don’t’. Our countrymen need you.”

Healthcare remained intact in Singapore

In Singapore, the government has responded with a strategy to build tiered care facilities, isolated the old and those with medical conditions, rapidly increased the ICU beds and more.

Our number of isolation beds has increased from around 550 in January this year, to close to 1,500 as of 2 May 2020.

The National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) has also increased their capacity from about 100 to more than 500 negative pressure isolation beds in the same period.

Health Minister Mr Gan told Parliament in a ministerial statement.

For all the fear-mongering, more than 3 weeks have gone by since polling on 10 July and no one who voted got infected with COVID-19.

Many – from the ministerial taskforce to Singaporeans and even migrant workers – have worked very hard to keep everyone safe.

Give credit where credit is due. Kudos to all of them.

All measures are already in place. From here on, whether we succeed in beating COVID-19 depends on you and I and how we play our part.


  1. https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdaa145/5900208
  2. https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/duterte-says-sorry-restores-quarantine-restrictions-around-manila-as-cases-soar
  3. https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/ministerial-statement-by-mr-gan-kim-yong-minister-for-health-at-parliament-on-the-second-update-on-whole-of-government-response-to-covid-19-4-may-2020

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