"New Year victims" tally goes up to 739, injured and dead children included; Total firecracker ban proposed

GMA News Online, citing a 24 Oras report, reveals that the Department of Health (DOH) tally of "New Year victims" has gone up to 739. The tally includes children who were injured by New Year-related accidents. The number of casualties may go higher as the DOH receives more reports.

 

GMA News Online, citing a 24 Oras report, reveals that the Department of Health (DOH) tally of "New Year victims" has gone up to 739. The tally includes children who were injured by New Year-related accidents. The number of casualties may go higher as the DOH receives more reports.

 

The report noted: "According to the DOH, most injuries and deaths were caused by relighting or retrieving firecrackers that fizzled out." The report cited the case of John Vincent Gonzales, a nine-year old boy who died on New Year’s Day after he supposedly "gathered and played with gunpowder from unexploded firecrackers."

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