Spox. Roque: COVID-19 Spike Seen Due To Expanded Testing

Spox. Roque: COVID-19 Spike Seen Due To Expanded Testing


Phoenix Introduces New FamilyMart Retail Format Through Cebu Stores

FamilyMart opens three new compact stores in Cebu, offering a unique customer experience in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Globe Introduces Mobile Health Solution With GoHealth

For just P20, you can now enjoy up to P,1000 health insurance from Pacific Cross!

SM Wins 15 Awards From HK’s CG Asia Magazine

SM Investments Corporation continues to be recognized abroad as it recently bagged 15 awards in the 10th Asian Excellence Awards 2020 of Hong Kong magazine Corporate Governance Asia.

GSIS Offers Computer Loan For Members

GSIS, ilulunsad ang Computer Loan Program upang matulungan ang mga miyembro nito at kanilang pamilya sa pagbili ng computer o laptop na gagamitin para sa kanilang mga trabaho o virtual classes ng kanilang mga anak.

There was a sharp rise in confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country after the government ramped up its testing capacity, Malacañang said on Thursday.

“Habang napapaigting natin ang ating testing, siyempre po, mas maraming tao nate-testing, mas marami tayong nakikitang may Covid-19 (As we expanded our testing strategy, of course, we observe the increase in Covid-19 infections because we are able to test more people),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser aired on state-run PTV-4.

The Philippines reported 50,359 confirmed Covid-19 cases on Wednesday after it logged 2,539 new cases, the highest single-day increase reported in the country.

The Covid-19 infections further climbed to 51,754, as of Thursday afternoon.

Roque said the total Covid-19 cases has breached the 50,000-mark because of the country’s improved testing capacity.

“May mga nagtatanong, bakit daw umabot sa mahigit limampung libo ang naging kaso ng Covid-19. Well dahil tumataas po ang ating testing (Some are asking why the country now has over 50,000 Covid-19 cases? Because our testing capacity improved),” he said.

Despite the latest development, Roque believed that the government’s move to expand national testing for Covid-19 would help stop the further spread of the new coronavirus.

“Iyan po ay mabuti dahil maihihiwalay natin sila, maa-isolate natin sila at kapag na-isolate natin sila, hindi na po kakalat iyong sakit (That’s a welcome development because we can isolate those with confirmed cases. We will be able to arrest the spread of the disease),” Roque said.

Roque also noted that as of July 7, 93.7 percent of infected individuals are exhibiting mild symptoms, while 5.6 percent are asymptomatic.

He added that the country only recorded 0.6 percent “severe” cases and 0.1 percent “critical” cases.

National Task Force against Covid-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon on June 29 said the government is aiming to test 10 million Filipinos in the next eight to 10 months.

On July 3, Malacañang announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases had approved the expansion of the testing strategy to fully use the 10 million reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test kits procured by the Budget and Health departments.

Imposing quarantine rules based on ‘human experience’

To combat Covid-19, Roque reminded the public to regularly wash their hands, use face mask, and observe safe physical distancing.

The government continues to implement strict health and quarantine measures to defeat Covid-19.

Law enforcers are apprehending those who are violating the rules imposed to fight the coronavirus.

Roque said the health and quarantine rules should be enforced according to “human experience.”

“Bagama’t may mga rule (While there are rules), it must be implemented pursuant to human experience,” Roque said.

The statement came a day after journalist Howie Severino was apprehended in Quezon City for his supposed failure to cover his nose and mouth after drinking water.

Roque advised the public to explain to authorities the reason why they have to briefly remove their face masks.

“Explain lang natin sa mga pumupuna na ang ginagawa lang natin ay tinanggal ang mask para uminom. Wala naman pong problema ‘yun kapag na-explain (Just explain that you need to drink water, if you are questioned. There would be no problem if you explain),” he said. (PNA)

SMC To Buy Up Plastic Wastes To Power Cement Facilities

San Miguel Corporation ramps up its efforts to help manage the country's solid wastes and create more livelihood opportunities in the pandemic by buying up bigger volumes of plastic wastes to fuel its cement manufacturing facilities.

Epson Ships 50 Millionth High-Capacity Ink Tank Inkjet Printer

Epson continues to be the preferred brand for its environmental efforts!

What Do Middle Class Women In Their 40s Want?

Life begins at 40. Ano nga ba ang mga bagay na gustong gawin ng mga middle class women in their 40s?

PCG: 577 Passengers Stranded In Ports Due To ‘Quinta’

At least 577 passengers were stranded in several ports in Southern Tagalog, Bicol, and Western Visayas due to Typhoon “Quinta,” according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

Manileños Hopeful As More Barangays Now Free Of COVID-19

Manila City residents express high hopes that the pandemic will soon be defeated in the city after 172 barangays were declared COVID-19 free.

GenSan Schools Get P54-M Communication Package

Public schools in General Santos City have received around PHP54 million worth of communication package from the city government to assist the delivery of various alternative learning modalities amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Kabankalan City Grants P10-M Fertilizer Aid To Rice Farmers

The City of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental has granted a PHP10-million fertilizer assistance to rice farmers to ensure food security in the southern locality.

PAGEONE Group CEO Included As Expert In The Social Media Trends 2021 Global Report

PAGEONE Group CEO Ron F. Jabal, APR included as one of the industry experts in the Social Media Trends 2021 Global Report by Talkwalker and Hubspot.

Palace Congratulates Miss Universe Philippines 2020

ROQUE: “Nag-align ang mga bituin para siya ang iproklamang pinakatatanging Pilipina sa buong Universe."

Zambo Norte Town Farmers Receive P4-M Machinery

Several farmer organizations in the Zamboanga del Norte town of Sindangan receives over PHP4-million farm machinery from the Department of Agriculture.