COVID-19 nationwide tally hits 74,390 cases

Published July 23, 2020, 6:15 PM

by Analou de Vera

The Philippines’ coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case count hit the 74,000-mark on Thursday, July 23, the Department of Health (DOH) reported. 

Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire
Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The DOH said that 2,200 more people caught the disease, boosting the nation’s case tally to 74,390. The number of people who are still receiving treatment is at 48,136. 

The tally on recoveries currently stands at 24,383 after another 760 patients were successfully treated. The deaths related to COVID-19, however, increased by 28 to 1,871. 

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, meanwhile, defended the measures being undertaken by the DOH in curbing the spread of the disease. 

“Nilinaw na po namin noon na meron namang panahon talaga noong buwan ng Abril kung saan may flattening pansamantala [We already clarified before that there was a time last April when there was a temporary flattening of the (COVID-19 curve)],” said Vergeire in a press briefing Thursday afternoon. 

“Sa panahong ito, doon nakagawa ng karampatang aksyon ang Kagawaran ng Kalusugan sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na pagdagdag ng healthcare workforce, pagdagdag ng testing, at pag raramp-up ng testing capacity, paggawa ng temporary treatment and monitoring facilities, pagbibigay ng PPEs (personal protective equipment), pagmomonitor ng mga kaso, at pagbibigay ng update sa publiko araw-araw. [During that time, the Department of Health has taken appropriate actions by continuously increasing the healthcare workforce, ramping up testing capacity, establishing temporary treatment and monitoring facilities, providing PPEs, monitoring and providing COVID-19 updates to the public on a daily basis],” she added. 

Vergeire said that it is expected that the cases will shoot up because of the relaxation of community restrictions in the country. 

“Dahil po sa patuloy na pagluwag ng community restrictions, makikita po natin na talagang tumataas ang kaso. Kaya inaanyayahan namin ang publiko na gawin pa rin ang minimum health standards at huwag na lumalabas kung hindi naman kinakailangan. [Due to the continued easing of community restrictions, we can see that the number of  cases is really increasing. So we are urging the public to still follow the minimum health standards and avoid going outside if it is not necessary],” said Vergeire

Practice health standards even at home

The Health official reminded the public to also observe the minimum health standards even if they are at home. 

“Lagi rin naman nating pinapaalala you stay at home but you still do the different things that has to be done as preventive measures. [We always remind you to stay at home but you still must do the different things that has to be done as preventive measures],” said Vergeire in a separate media forum. 

“[When] we have asked people [to] stay at home, it does not mean na hindi ka na gagawa ng pag-iingat kapag ikaw ay nasa bahay [that you will not observe precautions when you are at home],” she added. 

Vergeire said that those who are going out must be careful not to bring the virus to their respective homes.

“Kailangan nating ipaalala ang mga tao dapat kapag lumabas ng bahay, gawin mo yung measures na dapat mong gawin para hindi maiuuwi ang impeksyon sa bahay. [We need to remind people that when they leave the house, they should observe the necessary measures so that they would not bring the infection at home],” she said.

 
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