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4 hurt during procession

TWO police snipers atop the Quirino Grandstand roof keep a close watch on devotees of the Black Nazarene. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

TWO police snipers atop the Quirino Grandstand roof keep a close watch on devotees of the Black Nazarene. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

Manila, Philippines – Four devotees were transported to Manila hospitals midday yesterday, with one of them coughing blood due to chest injury, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) reported.

A 23-year-old male devotee was brought to the emergency room of the Philippine General Hospital at 8 a.m. by PRC volunteers due to suspected chest fracture.

The devotee said he was caught in the middle of the crowd and was hit badly in the chest area.

Two other Black Nazarene devotees, whose names were withheld by PRC, were brought to Ospital ng Maynila with the former complaining of difficulty of breathing and the latter with chest pain and hypertension. The fourth patient also complained of difficulty of breathing and was brought to Ospital ng Sampaloc.

As of 1 p.m., PRC has treated 227 minor cases: 22 cases of fainting, nine patients who experienced headache, 24 barefoot devotees who had punctured wounds, 70 cases of abrasions, 57 persons who complained of dizziness, 30 cases of lacerations, five cases of contusions (including a devotee who hit steel railings) and seven persons who complained of asthma. There were also 135 devotees who had their blood pressure checked.

Meanwhile, as of 11 a.m., the Department of Health (DoH) also recorded 358 consultations, consisting mostly of abrasions, fainting, high-blood pressure, fractures and punctured wounds. (Jenny Manongdo)

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