Roque silent on new record of COVID-19 infections

Published August 2, 2020, 7:55 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang has steered clear of the latest nationwide tally of coronavirus cases which breached the 100,000 mark.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque declined to comment and instead passed the buck to the Department of Health (DOH) to discuss the increase in the number of infections in the country.  

“Defer to DOH,” Roque said in a short message to reporters when asked about the rapid rise in coronavirus cases.

The health department has reported 5,032 fresh cases of coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total number 103,185. It is considered the largest single-day jump on record in the country.

The country’s death toll climbed to 2,059 while the recoveries reached 65,557.

President Duterte has called for a meeting with Cabinet members Sunday to address the concerns of the medical community that the country was supposedly losing the fight against the disease.

The medical frontliners have appealed to the revive the strict lockdown in Metro Manila for the next two weeks, saying the timeout is needed to prevent the collapse of the health care system.  They have called for a comprehensive and effective measures to contain the outbreak as the healthcare system is already overwhelmed.

The appeal from the medical community came a day after the President has extended the general community quarantine (GCQ) status of Metro Manila and 12 other areas until mid-August.  The rest of the country is under the most relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Even as the lockdowns have been gradually eased to promote livelihood, the government has promised to ramp up testing, tracing and treatment efforts to protect public health and limit the spread of the disease.