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44k COVID cases don’t show ‘we are winning,’ Ejercito says

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Former Senator JV Ejercito is concerned about the soaring cases of new coronavirus disease in the county.

Ejercito, in a post on Twitter, said the latest surge of COVID cases does not show the country is winning the battle against the disease.

“Figures do not indicate we are winning,” the former senator tweeted.

Ejercito also echoed appeals to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid infection and slow down the community transmission. He shared information about the increase in the utilization rate of hospital capacity to handle patients with COVID-19.

“Received info that Covid wards and ICUs are almost full capacity in leading Metro hospitals,” he tweeted.

“A doctor friend told me to refrain from going out if possible, as COVID admissions on the rise. Just yesterday 7 people were said to be intubated in a top hospital. Hoping this can be arrested. This should still be given priority over other matters,” he said.

As of July 5, the Department of Health reported 2,434 new COVID cases, bringing the total to 44,254. The deaths reached 1,297 while recoveries numbered 11,942.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque earlier proudly announced the country is winning the COVID battle due decreasing number of deaths and the case positivity rate. The former Kabayan lawmaker also congratulated the nation after the country beat the University of the Philippines (UP) forecast of 40,000 cases by the end of June.

Roque’s “Panalo na tayo” comment got tons of negative feedback but the President’s spokesman branded his critics for being “slow to get” his statement.

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