Health workers, frontliners appeal for masks and alcohol donations in fight vs. COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15)— As the country continues to curb the local spread of the coronavirus disease, several health groups— including frontliners themselves— are appealing for medical supplies amid dwindling stocks of the products.

In a statement, state-owned Philippine General Hospital has asked for donations of masks (both surgical and N95), 70 percent alcohol, face shields, and surgical gowns for its health workers.

The University of the Philippines College of Medicine's Student Council also appealed for health supply donations for its PGH interns on duty.

The Office of the Vice President has likewise called for donations of protective gear and equipment— including googles, gown, head and shoe covers, and N95 masks— for health workers.

COVID-19, now considered by WHO as a pandemic, has infected more than 156,000 people in 142 different countries and territories, including China. Over 5,800 people have been killed by the disease as of Sunday, according to the Johns Hopkins University's global tracker.

The Philippines has meanwhile recorded over 100 cases of COVID-19, including eight fatalities.