Still ‘manageable’: Palace admits surge of post-holiday COVID cases

By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: Manila Bulletin

The country has a post-holiday surge of coronavirus cases but the situation remained “manageable,” Malacañang admitted Monday.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque gave the assessment as the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,906 infections last Sunday, with a total caseload of 487,690.

“Mukhang ang figures po ay nagpapakita na tumaas talaga. So hindi po natin talagang maikakaila na talagang nagkaroon tayo ng holiday surge dahil nag-1,900 [cases] po tayo, highest in three weeks if I’m not mistaken. Kahapon pa lang po,” Roque said at a virtual press briefing.

The Philippines’ health system could handle the cases spike, Roque assured the public.

“Tingin ko naman po magiging manageable ‘yung pagtaas dahil ang importante naman po, handa tayong gamutin yung mga magkakasakit na seryoso dahil 60% pa po ang available [beds] natin sa ICU [intensive care unit], sa ating mga isolation, at sa ating mga hospital beds," Roque said.

The DOH earlier said the post-holiday surge will be reported by January 15.

Last December, President Rodrigo Duterte discouraged the public of conducting Christmas gatherings in a bid to mitigate the COVID-19 spread.

As of Monday, the DOH reported 489,736 cases with 458,206 recoveries and 9,416 deaths.


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