WHO Acknowledges Philippines For Containing COVID-19 Cases So Far
The World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out the Philippines as one of the few countries that has not reported any new cases of COVID-19, implying that the disease can indeed be contained.
The Philippines has confirmed only three cases of COVID-19, all of which occurred in Chinese nationals. A number of “persons under investigation” are being tested for potentially having COVID-19, but as of February 28, no other cases have been confirmed.
However, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that the new cases outside of China were exceeding the number of new cases inside China for the first time. Ghebreyesus explained that the worst period of the epidemic occurred between January 23 and February 2, however, the number of new cases inside China have since plateaued and are steadily declining.
Beyond China’s borders, Middle Eastern, European, and Asian countries are experiencing spikes in new cases of COVID-19. These nations include Iran, South Korea, Italy and more. Meanwhile, new cases have not been reported in countries like the Philippines, Cambodia, Belgium, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and more.
According to Ghebreyesus, the goal of every country with positive cases must be to contain the virus.
In the Philippines, Filipinos are now banned from traveling to South Korea, which is the hardest hit country outside of China. The government is also said to be mulling over a Japan and Singapore travel ban considering the high number of cases in each country. Meanwhile, OFW deployment has dropped as migrant workers are being extra cautious and taking extended leaves to avoid catching or spreading the virus.
There are currently 83,342 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world. The casualties have reached 2,856, while 36,458 patients have fully recovered.
In the Philippines, a total of 588 persons under investigation tested negative for COVID-19, and only 30 are pending results.