Palace Won’t Accept Philippines Has More COVID-19 Cases Than Indonesia

COVID-19 CASES – The Malacañang Palace won’t accept that the Philippines has overtaken Indonesia in having the highest number of COVID-19 infections.

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According to ABS-CBN News. the Palace claimed that the cases were the result of the capital’s more aggressive testing than Jakarta.

There are about 119,460 positive cases in the Philippines, as of Thursday, which overtook Indonesia’s 118,753 cases, thus, making it the highest number of infections, albeit having one of the longest lockdowns in the globe.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque claimed that the numbers were a result of the nation’s “aggresive” testing noting that Indonesia has only reached a third of Manila’s testing, so far.

“Dahil mas maigting ang ating pagte-test, hindi po totoo na mas maraming kaso tayo kaysa Indonesia,” 

“Hindi lang nalalaman ng mga Indonesian kung sino-sino yung mga umiikot na mayroong sakit. At least tayo po, alam na natin kung sino na po sila,”

Indonesia, which has more than twice the population of the Philippines, has 37,587 active cases, which is fewer compared to Philippines’ 50,473 active infections.

When asked for his basis that it is wrong to say that the Philippines has more cases than Indonesia he responded:

“Hindi ko po alam how to answer that, basta ang malinaw lang po sa akin ang Indonesia, with more or less the same cases as us, has 1/3 of the actual testing we have conducted on our people.”

“Hindi naman talaga totoo at conclusive na mas marami na tayong kaso dito sa Pilipinas compared to Indonesia. Mas marami lang tayong kaso na nalalaman na dito sa Pilipinas dahil nga po three times ang ating testing more compared to the testing done by Indonesia,” 

Based on the report, the Department of Health called for caution in the nation’s tally with other countries, adding that the administration was “continuously strengthening our efforts” to manage the cases.

“We have to be very cautious when we try to compare our numbers with other countries,”

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