Philippines changes isolation rules amid health care worker shortage

The World

The Philippines has broken its own record for new daily coronavirus cases for three days in a row. In response, officials have shortened the quarantine requirements for health workers from 10 to five days, basically, aligning with the American CDC guidelines. This decision has infuriated health care workers who say they're at a breaking point once again because of the incredible rise in cases over the past week. Health administrators, however, have backed the new guidance, saying they can't afford to have nurses and doctors out for too long. Meanwhile, hospital capacity is filling up in the Metro Manila area.

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