The Philippines breached the 1 million mark on COVID-19 cases, as it recorded 8,929 new infections yesterday, April 26. Johns Hopkins University’s running tally noted that the country is 26th in the world to breach the 1M mark, and the second in Southeast Asia.
With this, the Department of Health (DoH) is favoring another extension of the lockdown restrictions to contain the surge of cases. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they’re seeing a slowdown of new infections, especially in the National Capital Region.
However, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III wanted to focus on the country’s reportedly high recovery rate. In an interview with ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo, Duque said, “It’s correct, we’ve exceeded the 1 million mark. But we should also highlight our total recoveries. Our recovery rate is high. So, it’s better to look at that.”