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Duterte appeals to private hospitals to increase bed capacity for COVID patients

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte asked private hospitals in the country to increase the allotment of beds for coronavirus (Covid-19) patients.

Duterte made this statement during his public address Monday evening after his meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in Malacañang.

“What struck my attention was ito sanang appeal to private hospitals to increase the number of beds dedicated to COVID patients. Kung sana ho madagdagan ninyo,” the chief executive said.

“Madagdagan lang ho sana ninyo because still the numbers are increasing. The infections vary. In some cases and in some provinces or cities there’s a fast recovery rate while others are lagging behind and probably this is because of the ‘yung prior infection na hindi na-detect during the height of the pandemic,” he added.

As of September 14, the Department of Health recorded a total of 265,888 Covid-19 cases, of which 207,504 recovered and 4,630 died.

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