Thursday, October 1, the Philippines entered the list of 20 countries with the most number of coronavirus cases worldwide.
This is after the Department of Health reported 2,415 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 314,079. Still the country with the most number of infections in Southeast Asia.
The country surpassed Pakistan’s 312,806, which previously held the 20th spot. The Philippines followed Italy, which had 317,479 COVID-19 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
Globally, the United States remains as the country with the highest number of cases at 7.27 million, followed by India (6.31 million), Brazil (4.81 million), and Russia (1.17 million), Thursday numbers.
The University of the Philippines OCTA Group projected that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country would reach 380,000 to 410,000 by the end of October.
Malacañang, for its part, maintained that the country’s treatment of infected patients deserves praise.
In an interview over CNN Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, “Look at the critical mortality rate. We’re still at 1.75, which means, that although the numbers are up, we are able to take care of those who get severely and critically ill.”
“That I think is what matters most because in a pandemic the fear is that many of us will die. Some are dying, (but) not as many as other countries and, of course, it’s because we have improved our critical care facilities. We have learned from the past and we know how to take care of COVID-19 patients better,” he added.