Malacañang Insists Philippines On Right Track With COVID-19 Response
ON THE RIGHT TRACK – Despite the explosive increase in COVID-19 cases, Malacañang said the Philippines is on the right track.
Currently, the Philippines has over 100,000 cases of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque emphasized:
Habang mababa po ang mga namamatay tama po ang ginagawa natin. Tingin ko po, papunta tayo sa tamang direksyon na tayo ay nag MECQ,
(As long as the mortality rate is low, I think we are headed in the right direction with the MECQ).
Recently, health workers pleaded with the government to revert some areas back to an ECQ as hospitals become overwhelmed. As a response, President Duterte reverted Metro Manila back to a modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
However, the President added that doctors should not have called out the government publicly. Furthermore, he said that the actions of the health workers were demeaning for the admin.
According to an article from ABS-CBN, Roque said that the government would let frontliners rest amid the MECQ. Additionally, he said that the government would get other workers so that the current frontliners could rest.
Meanwhile, Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the country is managing the fight against COVID-19. But, several hospitals have warned of being close to max capacity with some already rejecting patients due to full occupancy.
After 7 months, the Philippines now holds the record for the world’s longest lockdown. But despite this, the number of cases continue its trajectory upwards with experts projecting more than 140,000 cases by the end of the month.
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