Malacañang assures public: Recent spike in COVID-19 cases in PH can be controlled
CALOOCAN CITY, July 14 (PIA) — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Monday assured the public that it is still possible to bring the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines under control, despite the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the country during the past few weeks.
“The government recognizes the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country and assured the public that the situation can be controlled,” Roque said during the Malacañang press briefing.
“Hindi lang po tayo nag-iisa rito. Sa nakaraan na anim na linggo, dumoble po ang kaso sa iba’t ibang parte ng mundo, ayon sa World Health Organization,” said the Palace’s spokesperson and concurrent spokesman of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The WHO has confirmed that in the last six weeks, cases have more than doubled across the globe. While according to official sources compiled by media on Friday, the virus has killed at least 555,000 individuals and has infected nearly 12.3 million people in 196 countries and territories.
Quoting media reports of the WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Roque said, ‘There are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is intense, it can still be brought back under control.”
The WHO chief earlier cited the countries of Italy, Spain, South Korea and Dharavi—a densely packed slum area in the megacity of Mumbai in India that all broke the chains of transmission and suppressed the virus by having “a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick.”
On the other hand, in the Philippines as of Monday, the Department of Health recorded 57,006 COVID-19 cases nationwide with 1,599 deaths and 20,371 recoveries.
Roque said in order to bring COVID-19 back under control is the main reason for the designation of the anti-COVID czars, each of whom presented the current status of each of the government’s COVID-19 response strategy.
During the same briefing, the official introduced Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong as “Chief Tracing Czar,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar as “Chief Isolation Czar,” and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo “Bong” Vega as “Chief Treatment Czar” along with Secretary Vivencio “Vince” Dizon who was earlier introduced as “Chief Testing Czar” when the country intensified its testing capacity efforts.
“All four anti-COVID czars will be directly under the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) led by Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.,” Roque said. (PIA NCR)