12 doctors have died due to the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) confirmed.

Lack of supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals to shield the health of medical frontliners from getting infected with the deadly virus is a major factor of their death. PHAPI president Dr. Rustico Jimenez confirmed this and asked for support in his interview on Dobol B sa News TV.

Yung private hospitals po ay walang nakukuhang napakalaking bulto ng kailangan ng ating mga frontliners,” Jimenez stated.

Iniiwasan po natin na meron pang mamatay. Latest namin pong count is about 12 na po ang doktor na namamatay,” he added.

Those who would like to donate PPEs should deliver the items straight to the nearest hospital, according to Jimenez.

“Ang pakiusap namin, ‘wag na po i-hold sa mga warehouse ng DOH [Department of Health] at ipamigay na lamang ng ipamigay para makasalba tayo ng frontliners natin,” he added.

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Department of Health reported 343 new cases of COVID-19, reaching the total to 1,418.

The death toll crawls at 68 while recoveries stand at 35.  [RJ Espartinez]