PH COVID cases could breach 100,000 by end of August — UP expert

Published July 7, 2020, 1:48 PM

by Noreen Jazul

The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country may reach more than 100,000 by the end of August, according to an expert from the University of the Philippines.

(JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Dr. Guido David, a member of the UP-OCTA Research, said cases in the country will continue to surge if the government will not change its “system” in handling the pandemic.

“May mga talagang kailangan pag-isipan doon sa mga solutions natin. May mga iba na di masyado nag wo-work (We need to rethink our solutions because some of them aren’t working),” David told DZMM Teleradyo.

David said there is a need for stricter border control and underscored the importance of isolation.

“Hindi na gumagana iyong home quarantine (The home quarantine is not working anymore),” he said.

The medical and research expert also suggested that public transportation be limited again, citing the increase in the number of COVID-19 affecting personnel of the MRT-3.

David said it would be good for the government to conduct mass randomized testing to identify those who are “silent carriers” of the disease or COVID-19 positive but asymptomatic.

The UP-OCTA Research group had earlier predicted that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country will reach 65,000 by the end of July.

 
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