TO avoid confusion in reporting and updating the number of COVID-19 cases, a House leader asked the Department of Health (DoH) to expedite processing of backlog cases of the virus.
Deputy Majority Leader and Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo expressed disappointment over the backlog in the release of the results of the tests saying this is causing fears among the people.
On the other hand, the solon appealed to the people to still exercise caution as the country enters a more relaxed version of the community quarantine starting June 1.
Arroyo aired his request to the DOH in response to viral posts in the social media questioning the decision of the government to downgrade most parts of the country from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) to General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
This was after the DOH released its daily update Friday night on the country’s COVID-19 cases showing 1,046 more cases to reach 16,634 cases.
The DOH clarified that out of the 1,046 cases, only 46 are “new cases,” meaning they were those who were tested in the past three days, while 1,000 formed part of its backlog.
The DOH further bared that the number of recoveries further climbed to 3,720 after 122 more patients have survived the disease, with the death toll rising to 942 after 21 more patients succumbed to the viral disease.
“As alarming as it may seem, I just focus on the number of the ‘new cases’ aside from those counted as backlog, and the number of deaths compared to the big number of COVID-19 cases to get the percentage,” Arroyo said.
The DOH figures, Arroyo said, only validates that the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is on the decline.
“The other day, out of the 539 cases, only around 100 were new cases. So, it’s not bad as it looks,” he added.
However, Arroyo said the DOH must also reveal the number of cases still pending validation to prevent confusion and convern among the people.
According to the DOH Tracker, there are 23,079 cumulative positive individuals.
Arroyo said the DOH needs to clarify if these are the people who tested positive for COVID-19, of which they have only validated 16,634.
“They have to start clarifying this to the people so we will no longer be alarmed when they release figures of old cases,” the solon added.
At the same time, the Deputy Majority Leader asked the people not to let their guard down against the contagion even as most of the country shifts to GCQ today.