By Genalyn Kabiling
As he allowed the further easing of lockdown measures in the country, President Duterte said Thursday (May 28) the coronavirus situation in the country is not too bad.
Addressing the nation on state television, the President said the number of cases of coronavirus have reached 15,588, but the country has a low fatality rate so far.
Health authorities also reported 92 new recoveries, bringing the total to 3,598 as of May 28.
“Ang patay po is 921 (The deaths reached 921) so you would see that Philippines has ratio and proportion vis-à-vis with the population, we have a low rate of mortality here in this country,” the President said.
He said the country has 11,069 total active cases, including 330 in the National Capital Region, 55 in Region 7, 99 from other regions, and 55 repatriates.
“All in all, para sa akin, hindi naman masama ito (All in all, for me, this is not so bad),” Duterte said.
The President has agreed to downgrade the quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other places upon the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
From modified enhanced community quarantine, Metro Manila, Regions 2, 3, and 4-A, Pangasinan, Albay, and Davao City will be placed under the less stringent general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1. The rest of the country will be under modified GCQ, which is lighter than GCQ.
The health department earlier reported 593 cases, the largest one-day jump in infections, that brought the total to 15,588.
In the meeting with the President, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III explained that the number of cases of coronavirus increased due to the rise in the number of cases being validated by the health department. He said testing laboratories are now able to submit results faster because their systems have become automated.
“Tumaas man po ang ating kaso, pero sa pangkalahatan naman ang mild cases po natin ay nasa 90 percent, at 7.3 percent naman ang asymptomatic, ‘yung wala pong nararamdaman na sakit; at less than two percent naman po ang severe to critical cases (Our cases may have increased but overall, 90 percent are mild cases, seven percent are asymptomatic or those who do not have symptoms, and less than two percent are severe to critical cases),” Duque said.