Duque cries foul over Bloomberg’s report ranking Phl last on COVID-19 resilience for 3 straight months

Maris Federez   •   December 1, 2021   •   270

 

MANILA, Philippines — Bloomberg’s COVID-19 resilience ranking showed the Philippines placing last for three consecutive months.

The study gauged the COVID-19 response measures being implemented by 53 biggest economies in the world.

Here, Bloomberg used 12 indicators, such as curbing the spread of the virus, quality of healthcare, vaccination program, number of COVID-related deaths, and steps to open the country to travelers.

The study showed that since October the Philippines placed 53rd with a 43.1 resilience score, while the United Arab Emirates secured 1st place with 73.2 points.

Also, in the bottom four are the Philippines’ neighboring countries — Malaysia (49.7), Vietnam (48.1), and Indonesia (46.1).

Bloomberg said the Philippines and Indonesia’s scores were stunted by the low number of COVID-19 shots being administered, which should have been 100 shots per 100 individuals.

However, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said that Bloomberg’s study was not fairly conducted.

“If you compare you have to compare the whole nations — the nations of the world. Unfair talaga very unfair. But again, let me repeat, let me stress. I haven’t seen the report. And let me look at the report,” Duque said.

The Health chief said that while he has not read the report in its entirety, he underscored that the country’s COVID-19 response has been very orderly.

“It’s been unfair. Look. Ginawa tayong 53 last time. They sliced it off just where the Philippines was going to be the last. And there are 200 nations in the world. Hindi ba naman kalokohan yan! Saan ka ba naman makakita na you slice it off para mapakita na huli ka.  Pwede mong sabihin yung number 10 performer huli e,” Duque pointed out.

Meanwhile, acting Presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the data can actually help  encourage the government to intensify its COVID-19 response measures.

Nograles, however, also stressed that consideration must be put on the varying experiences and strategies of all countries included in the Bloomberg report on their COVID-19 responses.

The study, Nograles said, only took little notice of the specific measures that each country is adopting to address the pandemic.

He added that positive results have been evident when the Philippines implemented the alert level system and granular lockdowns, particularly in the month of November, that paved the way for further economic growth. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Phl logs lowest new COVID-19 cases since July 2020 at 665

Maris Federez   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 665 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases Monday (November 29), the lowest single-day count since July 2020.

This brings the country’s tally since the onset of the pandemic to 2,832,375.

Meanwhile, active infections continued to dip to 16,289.

Of these cases, 48.1 percent are mild, 23.82 percent are moderate, 15.6 percent are severe, 6.6 percent are in critical condition and 6.0 percent have no symptoms.

Meanwhile, total recoveries rose to 2,767,585 after 993 more patients recuperated from the disease.

On the other hand, COVID-related deaths climbed to 48,501 with 141 new fatalities.

The DOH noted in its report that all accredited testing laboratories in the country were operational on November 27 but five laboratories failed to submit data on time.

Meanwhile, the Johns Hopkins University reported that the overall global COVID-19 caseload has reached 261,519,267; while the deaths have surged to 5,199,920.

The US, the report said, is the worst-hit country with the world`s highest number of cases and deaths at 48,229,273 and 776,639, respectively.

 

55 more COVID-19 Delta variant cases detected

Maris Federez   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Fifty-five more cases of the highly contagious Covid-19 Delta variant have been detected in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said in a statement released Sunday (July 25).

This brings the total Delta cases in the country to 119.

Of the new number, 37 are local cases –14 from Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), eight from Northern Mindanao, six from the National Capital Region, six from Central Luzon, two from Davao Region, and one from the Ilocos Region.

The other 17 cases are returning overseas Filipino, while one case is being verified if it is local or an ROF.

One case has died while 54 cases have been tagged as recovered, the DOH said.

The DOH, together with the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) also reported the detection of 94 Alpha variant cases, 179 Beta variant cases, and 9 P.3 variant cases in the latest batch of whole-genome sequencing.

“With the establishment of the local transmission of the Delta variant, we need a swifter implementation of our response strategies,” the DOH said.

The health department called on local government units (LGUs) “to immediately contain observed case increases through granular lockdowns and stronger Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) implementation.”

“We call on both public and private sectors to ensure active case finding, aggressive contact tracing, immediate isolation or quarantine, and compliance to minimum public health standards in their respective localities and even workplaces,” it added.

The DOH also urged those who have become exposed to a COVID-19 patient or have developed signs or symptoms of the deadly respiratory virus “to immediately isolate and reach out to their Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams or BHERTs for appropriate medical management.”

17 more COVID-19 Delta variant cases detected — DOH

Maris Federez   •   July 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH), the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) reported the detection of 17 more Delta (B.1.617.2) variant cases in the country.

According to the three agencies ‘ joint statement released on Saturday, July 24, the detection of the additional 17 brought the total Delta variant cases to 64.

Of the additional 17 Delta variant cases, 12 are local cases, one is a Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF), and four are still under verification as to whether they are local or ROF cases, the statement said.

It added that of the 12 local cases nine had an indicated address in the National Capital Region (NCR), while three were from Calabarzon Region.

Three cases remain active, while 14 have been tagged as recovered.

Meanwhile, the group has also detected 11 more Alpha (B.1.1.7), 13 Beta (B.1.351), and two P.3 variant cases on the latest batch of whole-genome sequencing.

The statement said that of the additional 11 Alpha variant cases, 10 were local cases and one is currently being verified.

Based on the case line list, one remains active, seven cases have died, and three cases have been tagged as recovered.

This brings the total Alpha variant cases to 1,679, the report said.

The report further said that the additional 13 Beta variant cases are composed of 10 local and three under verification cases.

Ten of the cases have already recovered and only one is still active. Two cases, however, had reportedly died.

The recorded data showed that the total Beta variant cases are now at 1,840.

Meanwhile, both recently detected P.3 variant cases have been tagged as recovered. One is a local case and the other is still being verified if it is a local or an ROF case.

The report said that the samples taken from seafarers of M/V Tug Clyde and Barge Claudia have been included in the next batch of whole-genome sequencing.

With the announcement of local transmissions of the Delta variant, the DOH emphasized the need to ensure active case finding, aggressive contact tracing, increased risk-based and targeted testing, and the immediate isolation/quarantine of suspect/probable cases and close contacts.

The health department advises the public to strictly adhere to the minimum public health standards, have themselves inoculated, and complete their vaccine doses as scheduled.

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