MANILA - Metro Manila still has enough bed capacity for COVID-19 cases, Malacañang said Tuesday after the Department of Health asked hospitals to allot more beds for patients of the respiratory disease.
Fifty-seven percent of the 8,400 hospital beds in the capital dedicated for COVID-19 cases are still available with only 3,602 beds occupied, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
"Wala pa po sa kalahati ang occupied na hospital bed exclusively devoted for COVID-19," he said in a Palace press briefing.
(The occupied beds for COVID-19 did not even reach half of those exclusively dedicated for such cases.)
"Hindi po tayo nagkukulang ng mga hospital beds kung tayo po ay magkakasakit," he added.
(We don't have a shortage of hospital beds for those who will get sick.)
In an interview Tuesday afternoon on TeleRadyo, Dr. Rustico Jimenez, President of the Private Hospitals Association, said that there is also sufficient number of available respirators, aside from hospital beds.
"Marami pa po, so 'wag po tayong mag-alala," Jimenez said.
But he urged the public not to be complacent, and to continue with such practices implemented during the last four months as wearing of face masks, frequent handwashing, observing physical distancing, and staying at home.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier said that hospitals were instructed to comply with the order to allot 30 percent of their bed capacity to COVID-19 cases.
The order came after at least 11 hospitals have had their COVID-dedicate intensive care unit (ICU) beds filled up by 100 percent.
The Philippines in recent days has seen a spike in coronavirus infections just after the government largely eased community quarantine protocols across the country.
As of July 7, the Philippines has confirmed 47,873 COVID-19 infections. This includes 1,309 deaths and 12, 386 recoveries.