Filipino nurse in Ireland has COVID-19: envoy

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Posted at Mar 26 2020 08:43 AM

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A nurse in Ireland has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a Philippine diplomat said Thursday, amid a lockdown in the United Kingdom.

"Hindi naman po masama ang kaniyang lagay," Consul General Senen Mangalile, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Philipppine Embassy in London, said of the nurse.

([The nurse's] condition is not critical.)

Schools, universities, childcare facilities and pubs across Ireland were already shut by the government earlier this month, and will remain closed until 19 April.

Britain ordered a 3-week lockdown on Monday in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the country's death toll climbed to 335.

UK hosts some 200,000 Filipino workers, according to 2014 data by the foreign affairs department.

"Sila po ay may napakalaking contribution sa NHS (national healthcare system) dito sa UK at saka sa health service sa Ireland. Sa kanilang kontribusyon po nakasalalay ang karamihan ng mga ospital dito sa United Kingdom," said Mangalile.

(They have a very big contribution to thhe NHS here in the UK and in the health service of Ireland. Majority of the hospital here in the United Kingdom rely on their contribution.)

The Philippines' largest island, Luzon, home to half of the country's 100 million people, is also on lockdown until April 12 to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Manila's health department as of Wednesday confirmed 38 deaths and 26 patients who recovered out of a total 636 cases of the respiratory disease. The tally is expected to spike with the recent arrival of additional test kits, the health department earlier said.

With a report from Agence France-Presse


DZMM, March 26, 2020