The World Health Organization recently tagged the Philippines as the no. 1 country in the Western Pacific with the fastest increase in COVID-19 infections.
According to WHO, 8,143 new cases were recorded in the country from June 16 to June 27 (11 days), the highest among 22 countries in the region.
Singapore, who experienced a second wave of infections, came in second with 2,351 new cases. And you’ll be surprised to know that China, where the virus originated, only recorded 302 new infections in the same period!
Our neighboring countries and territories like Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brunei, Cambodia, Macau, and Thailand, are able to control the spread of infections and keep new cases at bay, with less than 100, and some of them less than 10 in the same period.
Today, July 2, the Philippines recorded 38,805 infections. 26,858 are active cases, 10,673 are recovered cases, while 1,274 are fatal cases [data from www.bing.com/covid].
So where have we gone wrong?
Watch part 1 and part 2 of Atom Araullo‘s COVID-19 Midyear Report below and find out what kind of mistakes and poor decision-making our Government committed in handling the crisis:
January 28, 2020 isinagawa ang unang pagpupulong ng Inter-Agency Task Force para sa management ng emerging infectious disease. Pero nang tanungin ang Department of Health sa posibleng pagpapatupad ng travel ban sa buong China, tutol ang ahensiya rito. Sa kalagitnaan ng taon, anu-ano na nga ba ang naging tugon ng pamahalaan kontra COVID-19? Ano kaya ang pangmatagalang epekto ng krisis na ito sa karaniwang Pilipino? Ang pagsusuri ng Stand For Truth, panoorin sa aming SPECIAL REPORT!