The Philippine General Hospital on Tuesday said it would stop accepting patients in its emergency rooms due to a large number of severe COVID-19 cases requiring intensive care.
More than 100 of the 230 beds allocated for COVID patients have been filled up, with most needing high-flow oxygen and ventilators. Accepting more patients, whether COVID or for other emergencies, could do more harm than good, the hospital said.
"Malalagay lang sa peligro and kapakanan ng mga pasyente, at pati na rin ng aming mga kawani, kung ito ay hahayaan naming madagdagan pa," the advisory said.
Metro Manila is currently battling a surge fueled by the more transmissible Delta variant, tallying more than 18,000 cases on Monday which beat a record-high set just three days prior.
Those who need to be accommodated can contact the PGH Transfer Command Center from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. using the following numbers.