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COVID-19 positive cases, death toll rise

Duque says COVID-19 positive cases now 707; death toll -45

MANILA - Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III today said they have already distributed 80,997 surgical masks, 27,560 n-95 masks and 34,439 gloves and assorted PPEs including isolation gowns, show cover, coverall apron, disinfectant powder and alcohol.

In the same press briefing, Secretary Duque said 71 new COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed thereby resulting in 707 cases nationwide. Seven others died due to COVID-19 while 28 patients have fully recovered.

“We agree there was breach of quarantine protocol which should not have happened,” Duque said referring to the reported visit of sitting of former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to Makati Medical Center with his wife reported up for elective surgery.

Secretary Duque who was himself under quarantine for 14 days said he did not call Makati Medical Center to give preferential treatment to Senator Pimentel and his wife.

“I did not call Makati Medical Center to request for accommodation on behalf of the Pimentel couple,” he said during the press briefing. He added it is important for everyone to adhere to protocols for Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) and Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs).

He said he will let the appropriate agencies to attend to the maintenance of peace and order as well as the handling of quarantine protocol.

He vowed to closely coordinate with other government agencies.

He also downplayed reports that VIP treatment is extended to persons wishing to be tested for COVID-19.

“We follow the first in-first out policy,” he added. (Melo M. Acuna)

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III (File Photo/Melo M. Acuna)

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