LIST: Around one-third of Metro Manila hospitals reach 'critical' occupancy of COVID-19 beds

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The health care system in Metro Manila is being stretched thin by the continued spike in coronavirus infections, with close to 1 in 3 hospitals hitting critical level in terms of COVID-19 bed occupancy.

The latest data from the Department of Health tracker showed 50 hospitals in the National Capital Region have reached over 85% utilization of its beds for infected patients as of March 30. This is out of 152 medical facilities in the area which accommodate COVID-19 cases.

Below is the list of hospitals at critical level as of March 30:

1. A. Zarate General Hospital (Las Piñas City)

2. Air Force General Hospital (Pasay City)

3. Allied Care Experts (ACE) Medical Center - Pateros

4. Allied Care Experts (ACE) Medical Center - Valenzuela

5. Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center (Marikina City)

6. Bernardino General Hospital I (Quezon City)

7. Bernardino General Hospital II (Quezon City)

8. Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center (Manila City)

9. Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center (Quezon City)

10. Diliman Doctors Hospital (Quezon City)

11. Dr. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center (Quezon City)

12. E. Zarate Hospital (Las Piñas City)

13. East Avenue Medical Center (Quezon City)

14. F.Y. Manalo Medical Foundation (Quezon City)

15. Fatima University Medical Center (Valenzuela City)

16. FEU - Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (Quezon City)

17. Las Piñas Doctors Hospital

18. Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center

19. Lung Center of the Philippines (Quezon City)

20. Makati Medical Center

21. Mandaluyong City Medical Center

22. Manila Doctors Hospital

23. MCU-FDT Medical Foundation Hospital (Caloocan City)

24. Medical Center Manila

25. Medical Center of Taguig City

26. Metro North Medical Center and Hospital (Quezon City)

27. Metropolitan Medical Center (Manila City)

28. National Kidney and Transplant Institute (Quezon City)

29. Novaliches District Hospital (Quezon City)

30. Ospital ng Makati

31. Ospital ng Muntinlupa

32. Ospital ng Sampaloc (Manila City)

33. Ospital ng Tondo (Manila City)

34. Pasig City Children's Hospital Child's Hope

35. Quezon City General Hospital

36. Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital (Quezon City)

37. San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation Hospital (Pasay City)

38. Seamen's Hospital (Manila City)

39. St. Luke's Medical Center (Quezon City)

40. St. Luke’s Medical Center - Global City (Taguig City)

41. Sta. Ana Hospital (Manila City)

42. Taguig-Pateros District Hospital

43. The Medical City (Pasig City)

44. Unihealth Parañaque Hospital and Medical Center

45. University of Perpetual Help Dalta Medical Center (Las Piñas City)

46. UP-Philippine General Hospital (Manila City)

47. Valenzuela Citicare Medical Center Timog Hilaga Providence Group (Valenzuela City)

48. Veterans Memorial Medical Center (Quezon City)

49. Victoriano Luna Medical Center (Quezon City)

50. World Citi Medical Center (Quezon City)

A number of these facilities have already declared full capacity over the past weeks. The OCTA Research group projected on March 20 that intensive care units of hospitals in Metro Manila may reach 100% capacity by the first week of April.

Treatment czar and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega has asked for public patience as the One Hospital Command Center, the government's referral system, has been overwhelmed with calls. Those who need assistance in finding a healthcare facility may reach the command center through the following numbers: 0919-977-3333;  0915-777-7777; and (02) 886-505-00.

To help decongest hospitals, the government also said it is reopening three mega quarantine facilities in Metro Manila, namely the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, and the Quezon Institute. They were closed when cases started to decrease months ago.

On Wednesday, March 31, the Philippines listed 6,128 new COVID-19 cases — the lowest in eight days. The DOH clarified, however, that the count does not yet include data from several testing laboratories. Prior to this, the country recorded over 9,000 cases for five straight days and hit a record-high six times in a span of less than two weeks.

The capital region and nearby provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal have been placed under a week-long enhanced community quarantine until April 4,. The government's task force will meet this weekend to assess if this hard lockdown status will be extended.