As of April 7, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,414 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total to 819,164. Majority of these cases are in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region IV-A: CALABARZON, which is why these areas are under the strictest form of community quarantine in the country, ECQ or Enhanced Community Quarantine.
Because of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, a lot of people have been turning to social media for help to find hospitals or clinics that has the capacity to accommodate their loved ones. Some even lamented how the people they care about died without proper treatment due as there was no space left in hospitals.
On top of all this, Filipino medical frontliners are tired of leading the battle against the pandemic, and the number of cases just keep on rising. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, at least 66 doctors, nurses, and medical technologists from the Visayas region are scheduled to fly to NCR Plus to help colleagues and fellow hospital workers in the fight against COVID-19.
According to The Freeman, these volunteers will be stationed at the National Kidney Transplant Institute, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, Rizal Medical Center, and Tondo Medical Center for three months.
Given everything going on, it can be tempting to feel helpless and anxious. However, seeing these medical professionals risk their lives to help others spark hope that amid the uncertainty and the challenges of the pandemic, the innate human spirit of kindness or bayanihan remains strong. They truly are modern heroes.
While the pandemic has highlighted the severe consequences of certain people’s negligence and complacency, it has also shown that there are still a lot of good people in the world. It’s comforting to find silver linings amidst the storm.