132 Cebu health workers get COVID-19

Caecent No-ot Magsumbol - The Philippine Star

CEBU, Philippines — Amid a shortage in health care personnel as COVID-19 cases rise, 132 medical workers in Cebu City have contracted the virus in the past two weeks.

Doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, medical technologists, laboratory technicians and paramedics working in 31 hospitals, medical clinics, offices and laboratories in Metro Cebu were infected, Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the city’s emergency operations center, said yesterday.

Garganera said the patients have been vaccinated and are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. The close contacts of the patients have been isolated.

“This is such a big dent to the medical force... aside from the lack of nurses in private hospitals here,” he said.

Also in Cebu City, a 51-year-old policeman with the rank of master sergeant died of COVID-19 on Sunday a day after he was found infected.

The policeman’s medical record shows he had his first dose of Sinovac vaccine. — /The Freeman, Emmanuel Tupas

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