World Health Organization Tells Filipinos: Don't Be Discouraged
The World Health Organization (WHO) is closely watching the Philippines as cases of COVID-19 soared to 178,022 on August 20, putting it in the lead in Southeast Asia with the most number of cases.
“Don’t be discouraged by the fact that you have a lot of cases being reported nationally, that is an acknowledgment of the fact that you have expanded your testing capacity,” said Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO representative to the Philippines.
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According to Abeyasinghe, despite the large number of cases being reported every day in the country, the Philippines still has one of the lowest ratio when comes to fatal cases in the region.
As of August 20, the Philippines recorded 61,025 active cases. Of that number, 1.2 percent were critical cases, 0.9 percent were severe, 6.6 percent were asymptomatic, and 91.3 percent were mild. Another 88 deaths were recorded, bringing the total to 2,883.
Improved Testing Capacity for the Philippines
The Department of Health reported that the country has significantly improved its testing capacity. There are 109 accredited laboratories in the Philippines that are capable of testing for COVID-19. Of the number, 82 are running polymerase chain reaction tests, which is the global standard for detecting COVID-19 in patients. So far, the laboratories had tested a total of 2,041,798 individuals.