MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday asked hospitals in Metro Manila to prepare more beds for COVID-19 patients as coronavirus infections continued to increase.
“The hospitals were instructed to comply with the 30% standard [allocation for COVID-19 beds] and to be prepared to implement an additional 20% surge capacity, if and when needed. We are continuously ramping up our capacities to match the changing needs,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a televised press briefing.
She also announced that 11 hospitals in Metro Manila had reached the full capacity of beds in their COVID-19-dedicated intensive care units.
Vergeire explained t…