The two hospitals that cater to the rich and poor of society both announced recently that they were filled to capacity, with their emergency rooms no longer admitting suspected coronavirus cases, and their ICUs likewise filled to capacity.
The Philippine General Hospital (PGH), considered the country’s top public hospital, and St. Luke’s Medical Center, whose two branches in Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City in Taguig are considered the Philippines’ top private hospitals, closed their doors to new patients until further notice.
The announcement only confirmed what had been talked about recently, with one newly-retired PGH doctor who still does consultancy work there telling FilAm Star that they were expecting “the worst possible scenario.”
The doctor, who requested anonymity, said what is likely to happen in the next two weeks “is unimaginable.” He added that the government should go back to the strictest lockdown possible to at least slow down the spread of the new strains of the coronavirus.
That worst-case scenario has not yet occurred, as the 5,000 cases recorded over the weekend matched the all-time high of seven months ago, with a projection of going from bad to worse by the end of this month when up to 8,000 new Covid-19 cases a day is projected.
Just how bad the new wave of infections can be gleaned from the series of announcements from top government officials that they had also been infected with Covid-19 last week, beginning with Philippine National Police Chief Debold Sinas to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency head Wilkins Villanueva to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.
Even the young and highly respected mayor of Pasig City, Vico Sotto, was forced to go into quarantine after his personal driver was infected with the coronavirus and passed away.
As of press time, Malacañang has not called for a return to a strict Metro Manila-wide lockdown.