By ROCAYA SUMNDAD OTICAL YAHYA
ILIGAN CITY: The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 12 new COVID-19 cases (PH53-64), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 64.
In an update on Friday, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque said the department and deployed surveillance teams, in cooperation with concerned Local Government Units (LGUs), are now conducting extensive information-gathering and contact-tracing activities on the new cases.
Secretary Duque said, “We continually ask the public to cooperate and help us in the investigation and contact tracing activities.”
Duque appealed to the public to contact DOH and call the designated hotline at (02) 8-651-7800 loc 1149-1150 for any new leads.
“For those who are confirmed cases, please let our hospitals take care of you. Studies show that chances of recovery are high. Let us take it upon ourselves to protect our family and our community’s health and well-being,” the health secretary said.
Available data show that elderly people (average of 66 years) and those with underlying medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and immunosuppression are vulnerable to the disease.
“We further urge those who are immunocompromised and are with existing health conditions to be more vigilant and avoid crowded areas and mass gatherings,” said Duque.
“I also implore everyone to please stop hoarding basic commodities, particularly hygiene and sanitation products. It does not help us fight off COVID-19. Realize that when you hoard, you are being part of the problem by denying the rest of your fellowmen the means to protect themselves,” the Health Chief concluded.