DOH Mistakes Makati, Marikina As COVID-19 Hotspot
DOH MISTAKES MAKATI AS HOTSPOT – The Department of Health (DOH) apologized for its statement that Makati and Marikina were rising coronavirus hotspots.
Previously, Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire declared that four Metro Manila Cities showed a significant rise in COVID-19 cases. However, hours after their afternoon press release, she clarified her statements.
Vergeire earlier noted that Marikina, Muntinlupa, Makati, and Quezon all had an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the past two weeks. The numbers were shown as:
- Marikina City (+51 cases and 43.47% growth rate)
- Muntinlupa City (+30 cases and 35.16% growth rate)
- Makati City (+135 cases and 30.18% growth rate)
- Quezon City (+406 cases and 34.5% growth rate)
But, on Monday night, the DOH explained:
The following cities were mistakenly classified as hotspots and was based on a report last month. We are thankful to report that as of July 5, the mentioned cities show a significant decline in case growth
Instead, the DOH clarified that as of July 5, Marikina City reported a whopping 68% decrease in COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile, Muntinlupa had a 10% decrease in the virus count. Along with this, Makati was reported to have a 4% decrease.
However, the DOH emphasized that they are still monitoring Quezon City. Currently, the previous coronavirus hotspot in the Philippines had a 34% increase in the number of cases.
Additionally, according to a report from CNN, the positivity rate of the Philippines had gone up from 10.53% on July 2, from 6.67% on June 29.
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