Spike in COVID-19 cases an 'artificial rise': DOH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 24 2020 02:46 AM

The sudden rise in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases for the past days is considered an "artificial rise" as the government has fixed its system and facilities to record cases of the disease, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. 

"Ito pong araw-araw natin ngayon since Saturday hanggang siguro in the next next coming days makikita po natin ang pagtaas ng mga kaso and this may be an artificial rise. Ibig sabihin po, it's not the real rise of cases," Vergeire told DZMM. 

"Dahil nga po naiayos po natin 'yong capacity ng laboratoryo, nakapag-extend tayo ng capacity. Mayroon tayong mga testing kit na mas marami," she added.

Vergeire said the agency is still catching up with the backlog and it may take a week to really see a rise or drop in COVID-19 cases in the country. 

"So, ang mga backlog po ay nawala, unti-unting pong naiaayos. So, tumataas po ang mga numbers. So this might not be the cases really that are being registered per day."

"Hintayin lang po natin. Maybe in a week's time, maiayos 'yong ating sistema at makikita po natin 'yong totoong pagtaas o pagbaba ng mga kaso," she added.

The health department on Monday added 82 cases, the largest increase to date, of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total to 462 with 33 fatalities and 18 recoveries.

President Rodrigo Duterte placed the country under the state of public health emergency during the Luzon-wide community quarantine in an effort to contain the virus.