Gov’t, Medical City deny ‘raid’ of safety gear for virus fighters

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MANILA – The Office of the Civil Defense and a hospital in Pasig denied Thursday online reports that state forces confiscated private institutions' stash of safety gear for medical workers who treat patients with COVID-19. 

Social media posts claimed that OCD officers seized the personal protective equipment of some private hospitals on Wednesday so these could be re-packaged and distributed to other medical centers. 

"Fake news po 'yan (That's fake news)," OCD Spokesperson Mark Timbal said in a statement. 

The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig also refuted the rumor. "We deny this and encourage everyone to be careful in spreading unverified information," it said on Facebook. 


The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines did not receive any reports of alleged PPE raids, said its president Rustico Jimenez. 

Reports of the supposed raid circulated on April Fool's Day. 

The Philippines as of Wednesday confirmed 96 deaths out of its total 2,311 cases of the respiratory disease. The tally could to climb following the recent delivery of test kits and the accreditation of additional screening laboratories, said the health department. 

Metro Manila and the entire Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people, is on lockdown until April 12 to contain the pandemic. 

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