DOH dismisses concerns over PH overtaking China COVID-19 cases

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The Department of Health dismissed concerns over the Philippines surpassing mainland China in total number of coronavirus disease cases.

Speaking to ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo, Vergeire said it would be hard to compare both nations due to different reasons.

“Hindi naman. Ang sa China naman ay iba yung sa kanilang datos. Iba ‘yung settings nila. ‘Yung sa atin, nakakakita tayo ngayon ng pagtaas in specific areas of the country katulad ng National Capital Region,” she said.

[Not really. China has a different data than ours. They have a different setting. In the Philippines, we are now seeing a rise of cases in specific areas of the country like in the National Capital Region.]

“They have different numbers. They have a different setting. Okay lang naman magkumpara (it’s okay to compare) because we are benchmarking pero dapat maintindihan din natin na magkakaiba po tayo ng sistema sa bawat bansa (but we have to understand that there are different systems in each country). Iba ang health system ng China. Iba ang health system ng Pilipinas.”

To date, the Philippines has logged 85,486 coronavirus since the pandemic began in January.

Meanwhile, the total coronavirus cases in mainland China, where the virus originated late last year, stood at 84,060, according to the World Health Organization – Western Pacific Region office.

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