UP Study Reveals Over 7000 COVID-19 Cases Unlisted
OVER 7000 CASES UNLISTED – According to a research group from the University of the Philippines more than 7000 people tested positive for COVID-19 without being listed.
As such, the UP Diliman Political Science Department Assistant Professor Ranjit Rye said their group recommended that the government retain MECQ in the NCR and other high-risk areas.
Additionally, he said that the reproduction number within the NCR is still around 1.0 (showing no decrease). With this is mind, they said it would be premature to relax the MECQ to GCQ.
Furthermore, Rye emphasized that the data received from the DOH appears to be lagging. Moreover, he noted there was 7,119 people in the country who tested positive for COVID-19 according to 36 testing centers.
However, these cases were not tallied by the DOH in their official count. Along with this, the researchers noted that there was no change in the week-to-week number of COVID-19 cases in the NCR in the first 10 days of the MECQ.
According to a report from GMA, the researchers found that COVID-19 cases in Makati, Las Piñas, and Pasay increased by 170%, 60%, and 58% respectively. There was also an increased number of cases in Manila, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Caloocan, and Pateros.
While such increases cannot be attributed to MECQ at this time, there remains the possibility that a transition from MECQ to GCQ could exacerbate the increase in new Covid-19 cases in these LGUs further undermining the government’s efforts to control the transmission of COVID-19
Currently, the Philippines has over 15,000 officially documented cases of coronavirus. Of this number, 904 have succumbed to the disease while 3,506 have recovered.
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