Manila, Philippines – The intensive care unit (ICU) for patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has reached full capacity, according to hospital spokesperson Dr. Jonas del Rosario this Saturday, January 8, 2022.


“Ngayon po yung aming ICU ay puno, 100 occupied yung ICU for COVID. Pero yung amin pong beds, actually hindi kami makapaglagay ngayon ng cap kasi marami sa aming non-COVID patients, nagiging COVID kaya di rin naman namin sila naidadagdag lang,” said del Rosario in a virtual public briefing.

[Now our ICU is full, the ICU for COVID is 100 occupied. But our beds, actually we can’t put a cap now because many of our non-COVID patients are becoming COVID so we can’t just add them]

“We’re probably about 80 percent of our occupancy now. Pero dahil kami po ay COVID-referral center at marami po sa aming pasyente merong talaga namang non-COVID concerns at nagkaka-COVID lang sila along the way, tinatanggap namin,” he added.

[We’re probably about 80 percent of our occupancy right now. But because we are a COVID-referral center and many of our patients really have non-COVID concerns and they just get COVID along the way, we just accept]

Currently, PGH treats 255 COVID-19 patients.

Del Rosario said the state-run hospital is opening more beds and reopening more wards to meet the needs of COVID-19 patients in need of admission.