By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,058 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the country total to 498,691.


The provinces of Cavite and Rizal recorded the most number of new cases with 96 each.

In addition, Leyte province has reported 92 new cases, this is followed by Quezon City with 85 new cases and the Mountain Province with 84 new cases.

There are currently 28,674 active cases in the country. DOH said the country has enough facilities catering to Covid-19 patients.

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Eight new deaths were also reported, bringing the Covid-19 death toll to 9,884.

A town hall Friday with more than 1,000 medical professionals was held to generate support for COVID-19 immunization program.

“With the expected arrival of vaccines this quarter, we want our medical professionals to be fully equipped, not just on its administration, but also in advocating the vaccination program and in countering misinformation and disinformation surrounding vaccines,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III  said.

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Dr. Benito Atienza, President of the Philippine Medical Association, expressed gratitude towards the government for prioritizing the healthcare workers in the initial batches of the COVID-19 vaccine. “This will enable medical professionals to fully and without fear participate in the program and attend to patients requiring medical attention,” Dr. Atienza said.

“Vaccines work. Vaccines are highly effective in preventing infections from bacteria or viruses or in keeping one from acquiring the severe form of a particular disease. The government is doing everything to ensure that the vaccines we will provide to every Filipino are safe and efficacious. We also ensure that the vaccines will be administered in an ethical way,” Sec. Duque added.

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