THE Department of Health (DoH) has deployed more field workers in Davao City as it continues to grapple with rising coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections.

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SAFE PASSAGE To serve as a reliable contact tracing system and to prohibit nonessential travel, the Safe Davao QR platform requires travelers from the north of the city to register using individual QR codes upon entering. PHOTO BY ARJOY M. CENIZA

Fielded in hospitals were 15 Cagayan De Oro volunteers, who arrived on November 29, while 40 nurses arrived from the National Capital Region and Cebu City.

The 35 frontliners, who will be assigned to the Southern Philippines Medical Center, including 33 nurses and two medical technologists, will be deployed until December 14. The remaining nurses will be assigned at Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities and other hospitals with allocated beds for Covid-19.

The DoH-Center for Health Development 11 has also welcomed the arrival of additional 22 health workers on December 1. They are tasked to do swabbing together with the Davao City Health Department.

“The support we received from other regions to help augment the Covid-19 response in Davao City is crucial in this time of crisis. It is through displays of collaboration like these that we will successfully overcome this crisis,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd added.

Based on the latest DoH Covid-19 case tracker, more than 1,618 people are currently infected in Davao City. The city has 6,871 total infections while the current hospital bed capacity of the city is at 64.8 percent or in the moderate risk category.

The entire Davao Region had 2,247 active cases as of November 3. This prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place the city under general community quarantine on December 1.

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