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‘Fake news’: Palace belies claims NCR hospitals now at full capacity

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By Prince Golez

There was no truth to rumors that hospitals in Metro Manila are at full capacity due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases. Malacañang said.

In an online public briefing Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque belied reports that the country is lacking hospital beds, saying that the current critical care utilization of the region is at 63 percent (moderate risk).

“Nililinaw namin na yung mga kumakalat na fake news na ubos na raw ang hospital beds ng ating mga hospital. Hindi po yan totoo,” according to Roque.

“Nagpulong ngayon ang ating Department of Health at ang lahat ng mga medical directors ng mga hospitals sa Metro Manila. Ano ang lumabas sa meeting na ito? Meron tayong mandatory na 30 percent of all bed capacity na dapat ilaan para sa COVID. Hindi pa nabi-breach itong 30 percent na ito,” he said.

“Bakit po? Kasi marami po, lalo na ang mga pribadong ospital, less than 30 percent ang kanilang ina-allot dahil sa tinatawag na absorptive capacity. Lahat sila na nandoon sa pulong sinabi na tama kung sasabihin ko na hindi pa puno yung 30 percent capacity ng lahat ng hospital beds dedicated sa COVID.”

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