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Nearly 7,000 NCR healthcare professionals have been infected with Covid-19.

A total of 6,595 healthcare personnel in the National Capital Region (NCR) are currently under quarantine due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infection.

According to Leopoldo Vega, DOH Undersecretary and Treatment Czar, 7.2 percent of the 91,838 health care employees in the NCR are isolated.

“So, ang ginagawa ngayon ng mga hospital lalung-lalo na sa mga bigger center ay nag-close sila ng ibang services para ma-redeploy sa mga areas na nangangailangan for Covid ng kanilang mga (What hospitals do now, especially the bigger centers, is they close other services to redeploy the [healthcare workers]

According to Vega, the administration has been planning for a scenario like this since last year.

“So, roughly,” he added, “naka-position na kami ng mga 7,000 plus health care workers ang (we have positioned 7,000 plus health care workers for) augmentation for the various hospitals, isolation facilities, and testing centers.”

In order to meet the needs of hospitals, the DOH previously reduced the isolation period for fully vaccinated health care workers with zero, mild, or moderate Covid-19 symptoms to five days.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a separate online media forum that the government would not establish a policy that would endanger patients and healthcare professionals.

“Ang ating pinapatupad ay ebidensya at siyensya sa ebidensya at siyensya.” May mga ibang bansa na nagpatupad ng ganito na rin pong (What we do is evidence-based and scientific.) Because of the high transmissibility of the Omicron variety, some countries have developed such) protocol as a contingency,” she added.

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