Wearing Of Face Masks Mandatory As Deaths Now More Than 100
FACE MASKS – The Philippine government recently said that the wearing of face masks is mandatory as COVID-19 death toll rises to more than 100.
Furthermore, the Department of Health steps up its tests for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), reporting that there are now 322 new cases.
Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases spokesperson and cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles said that in areas under lockdown, those who go out to buy food are required to wear masks to contain the spread of the disease.
Luzon is placed under enhanced community quarantine. There, people are allowed to leave their residence only to buy necessities. Furthermores, public transport are restricted. Exempted from the restriction are food trucks, essential carriers, and cargo haulers. The ECQ is expected to end on April 12.
Nograles said that any masks such as medical masks, face masks, homemade masks, would be allowed as long as it covers the nose and mouth.
He added that the task force ordered local government units to release executive orders or ordinances that requires wearing of masks and implement penalties on violators.
Department of Health Secretary Secretary Francisco Duque III said that there are now 322 more COVID-19 cases, adding up to a total of 2,633. Furthermore, there are 11 COVID-19 fatalities, adding the death toll to 107. One patient recently recovered, which adds to a total of 51.
As per the report, the increase of cases was the result of the department’s wider capacity to test the virus, now that they have testing kits, and the assigning of more laboratories in order to reduce the delay of samples, according to Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
However, the spike in cases overwhelmed the health system in the largest island oof the nation, with medical facilities reaching capacity, scarcity of PPEs, and staff died due to the virus. About a dozen doctors were now fatalities and staff have gone into quarantine after exposure to positive patients.
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