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Philippines losing virus war, doctors warn Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines losing virus war, doctors warn Rodrigo Duterte

Dozens of doctors' groups on Saturday warned that the Philippines was losing the coronavirus fight, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten a recently eased lockdown as cases surged and hospitals turned away patients.

"Health care workers are united in sounding off a distress signal to the nation — our health care system has been overwhelmed," the letter said.

In the open letter, doctors urged Duterte to put Manila and surrounding provinces back under "enhanced community quarantine" until Aug. 15 to give the country time to "refine our pandemic control strategies".

Dozens of doctors’ groups warned that the Philippines was losing the coronavirus fight, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten a recently eased lockdown as cases surged and hospitals turned away patients.

Health department officials earlier this week acknowledged hospital bed availability was drying up and the government has had limited success in hiring new doctors, nurses and other health care workers.

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