Update on Metro Manila Hospital ICUs Capacity and Occupancy Now

METRO MANILA HOSPITAL – The Intensive Care Units (ICUs) of some hospitals in Metro Manila are near their full capacity amid the increasing COVID-19 cases.

The Philippines is currently doing all it can to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. Local transmissions of this variant of concern for its higher transmissibility have already been recorded.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), there is now a total of 450 cases of the Delta variant recorded in the country. Most of the cases were tagged as recovered. There are local cases and well as Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF) cases.

Following the detection of the Delta cases in PH, hospitals were asked by the local governments to prepare for a possible surge in the COVID-19 cases. This variant of concern caused a spike in the cases in several other nations. It was first recorded in India and it caused the collapse of the healthcare system of the nation.

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Metro Manila Hospital
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Currently, the total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is still on an increasing trend. Doctors and hospital management also noticed the recent increases following the detection of the Delta cases. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, some Metro Manila hospital ICUs are now near their full capacity for coronavirus admissions.

According to the report, the COVID-19 ICU beds in East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City are more than 90% occupied. Their COVID utilization is between 75% to 80%. Also a big Metro Manila hospital, the St. Luke’s Medical Center recorded a 40% increase on their ICU utilization. Out of the 35 beds intended for COVID-19 patients, 27 beds are occupied now.

Hospital managements hope that the ECQ implementation would have positive effects on the slowing down of the spread of the Delta cases. More updates may be posted soon.

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