Philippines, Myanmar situation ‘concerning’ amid COVID-19 pandemic — UN report

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A United Nations (UN) report on Thursday said the Philippines’ situation on the coronavirus pandemic is “concerning” due to the country’s “weak” healthcare system and pre-existing humanitarian caseloads.

In its policy brief on the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Southeast Asia, the UN report  said that the Philippines was among the countries in the sub-region that might be considered vulnerable.

“Among the 11 countries covered in this brief, the situation is particularly concerning for Myanmar and the Philippines, which have pre-existing humanitarian caseloads,” the U.N. report read.

“To date the hardest hit South-East Asian countries in terms of reported fatalities have been Indonesia and the Philippines,” the U.N. Also said.

The Philippines received a low rating in two areas in the “preparedness dashboard” for COVID-19 because the country only has two nurses and midwives and 10 hospital beds per 10,000 people./Stacy Ang

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